Despite a humiliating 6-1 home defeat to Germany last Friday, Giovanni Trapattoni will not lose his job as manager of the Republic of Ireland national football team.
The veteran Italian boss has presided over the Irish side since 2008, but has been able to draw decent results from a limited set of players, qualifying for UEFA Euro 2012.
However, upon reaching that tournament, Trapattoni’s team capitulated on the big stage and lost each of their matches – equalling the worst ever performance in European Championship history.
Pressure is now on Trapattoni to perform better with the players he has got – and to play better attacking football too.
An FAI statement said that FIFA World Cup qualifying for the tournament in Brazil in 2014 was still “a realistic and achievable prospect,” and Trapattoni will hope to silence his critics in the next few months.
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