Giovanni Trapattoni: Why It's Time for the FAI to Fire the Legendary Italian

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Giovanni Trapattoni: Why It's Time for the FAI to Fire the Legendary Italian
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The Republic or Ireland surprised many when they appointed Giovanni Trapattoni as national team manager in 2008.

After the disastrous era's of both Brian Kerr and Steve Staunton, the FAI decided to appoint an experienced manager. They don't come more experienced than Trapattoni.

And at first it seemed a match made in heaven. He endeared himself to the Irish public through a personality that taps into long-held Irish values.

Fans ignored the defensive nature of the side when he steered them to the brink of qualification to the 2010 World Cup.

In truth, the furore over Thierry Henry's handball gave fans something to focus on other than the weaknesses in the side.

During the Euro 2012 qualification campaign fans began to tire of football on show, but in the end, qualification seemed to dampen the calls for his head.

Sadly, despite our wonderful support, our European adventure would end in embarrassment.

The FAI  continues to support Trapattoni, but I for one believe it is time for him to pack his bags.

Here are my reasons why.

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