Soccer-Staunton leaves Ireland manager's job

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DUBLIN, Oct 24 (Reuters) Ireland have terminated the contract of national coach Steve Staunton by mutual consent, the Football Association of Ireland (FAI) said on their Web site today.

FAI President David Blood thanked Staunton and his management team for their efforts since taking over in January 2006.

''They have brought through many young players and leave behind a squad with strong development potential,'' Blood said in a statement.

''As a member of the three-man committee which made the recommendation to appoint Stephen and his team, I am disappointed that things have not worked out the way I, Stephen or my colleagues on the Board expected.'' Staunton, the former Ireland, Liverpool and Aston Villa defender, had come under renewed pressure after last week's 1-1 draw with Cyprus ended Ireland's hopes of qualifying for Euro 2008.

Ireland Under-21 team manager Don Givens will take temporary charge of the senior side for the final Euro 2008 qualifier against Wales on November 17.

REUTERS CS KP0909

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