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Republic of Ireland coach admits time nearly up

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Republic of Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni has admitted that he may not be in charge after his side's World Cup campaign finishes.

The Republic's hopes of making it to Rio de Janeiro for the 2014 competition were effectively ended when they went down 2-1 to Sweden on Friday in Dublin.

And speaking before Tuesday's Group C qualifier with Austria, the 74-year-old said he was not expecting his contract to be extended.

"I don't expect after this campaign, to go again with Ireland," he said.

The Italian has been in the job for five years in which time he has led the Republic to a major competition at Euro 2012.

Many would argue that he should also have taken charge at a World Cup had it not been for Thierry Henry's controversial handball in a playoff in 2009.

And Trapattoni insisted that his team have improved during his tenure.

"Over five years, I think we have achieved a good result," he said.

"We have changed the team, we have improved the ranking, we have moved on players and discovered many others.

"In France, the first time in the (2010) World Cup play-off, you know we deserved to go through; then we achieved qualification for Euro 2012; now maybe the third position could be also a good result for us.

"Obviously, I thought until Saturday we could qualify and if we did achieve that result, then after Brazil, sure, I don't think about continuing."

Trapattoni's current contract comes to an end next June and he insisted that he would see this out rather than resign.

"No. I can continue and help the next (manager) because in this short time, maybe this player or another can show the next manager where he can place his trust and how to develop him," he said.

Former Sunderland manager Martin O’Neill is reportedly the preferred choice of the FAI to replace the former Italy and AC Milan coach when he eventually leaves the post.

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