Although Ireland has not had a lot of success historically at the FIFA World Cup competition, that has not affected the love of the sport harbored by the people of the country. However, the lack of production on the pitch has lead the team's manager to step down.
As yet another World Cup-less four years approaches manager Giovanni Trapattoni has announced that he will step down in what is being called a mutual decision. The announcement comes after a 1-0 loss to Austria on Tuesday that all but assures that Ireland will miss the Cup, which will be held next year in Brazil.
Trapattoni had nothing but nice things to say in the wake of his departure:
"I want to thank everyone in Ireland who has given us their support during our time here which has always meant a lot to us. We leave this country with emotion because we understand the Irish supporters who have a well-deserved international reputation and they have our utmost respect."
The other side is being just as positive about the move. Football Association of Ireland President John Delaney is looking forward to the possibility of a bright future:
"This particular World Cup campaign has been disappointing, but Giovanni leaves us with a group of good young players which should form the basis of the squad that the new manager will use for the European Championships in France 2016 when 24 teams qualify."
74-year-old Trapattoni is likely done in the managing world, but he leaves behind a well-respected, albeit largely unsuccessful legacy with the Irish national team.[Image via IrishSoccerTeamNews]