Giovanni Trapattoni out as Ireland coach

The Associated Press
Giovanni Trapattoni out as Ireland coach
Ireland's head coach Giovanni Trapattoni of Italy reacts during the World Cup 2014 qualification group C soccer match between Austria and Ireland in Vienna, Austria, on Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013. (AP Photo/Hans Punz)

DUBLIN (AP) -- The Football Association of Ireland has terminated coach Giovanni Trapattoni's contract after the Italian veteran struggled to keep the team in contention for next year's World Cup.

The soccer federation and Trapattoni say they have mutually decided to end the contract a year early. Trapattoni had been due to stay through June.

The 74-year-old Trapattoni successfully guided Ireland to the 2012 European Championship, but speculation on his dismissal had grown since the Irish lost all their group matches at last year's tournament.

Wednesday's announcement comes after Ireland lost to Sweden at home on Friday and at Austria on Tuesday in World Cup qualifying.