The Football Association of Ireland have confirmed that Giovanni Trapattoni has left his role as national team manager after a second straight defeat on Tuesday all but ended the squad’s hope of reaching the World Cup finals.
According to reports, the 74-year-old Italian, who had been in charge for more than five years, left by mutual consent with Ireland’s 1-0 loss away to Austria proving to be the last straw.
Former Aston Villa manager Martin O’Neill remains favourite to succeed Trapattoni while Mick McCarthy and Roy Keane are also being linked with the job.
Czech coach Michal Bilek also resigned following a 2-1 defeat to Italy on Tuesday.
The 48 year old, who was appointed after the team’s failure to qualify for the 2010 World Cup, leaves as the Czechs sit fourth in their group with just two away qualifiers remaining against Malta and second-placed Bulgaria.