Giovanni Trapattoni leaves post as Ireland manager after losing to Austria

Giovanni Trapattoni led Ireland to Euro 2012, but has struggled with World Cup qualification. Photo: PA

Giovanni Trapattoni has resigned as Republic of Ireland manager after defeat in Austria left their World Cup qualification hopes in tatters.

Trapattoni led Ireland to the finals of Euro 2012, but they were criticised for underpar performances and have failed to meet expectations since then.

Last night, David Alaba snatched a late winner for Austria which left Ireland facing up to failure in World Cup qualification for Brazil next summer.

Alaba, the man whose last-gasp strike in Dublin denied Ireland a win in March, repeated the dose 84 minutes into an encounter neither side could afford to lose to leave Austria clinging grimly to their hopes of claiming the runners-up spot in Group C.

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