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Couldn't emulate Jack Charlton

icon trap11 September ~ Giovanni Trapattoni has left his job as Republic of Ireland manager after five years in charge. The move, by mutual consent, follows defeats by Austria and Sweden over the past few days that have all but ended Ireland's chances of reaching the World Cup in Brazil next year. The hiring of Trapattoni in 2008, a coach who had won more Serie A titles than anyone else, brought an upswing in optimism towards the national team – as Paul Doyle explained in WSC 254.

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