Republic of Ireland Football Manager Giovanni Trapattoni reiterated that he has no intention of stepping down from his post despite the public clamor about his resignation, but the veteran manager could be fired soon.
In an Irish Independent report, Trapattoni has reportedly lost of the trust of top brasses of the Football Association of Ireland, which could lead to him being fired after their upcoming World Cup Qualifying match against Faroe Islands.
Ireland absorbed a humiliating 1-6 defeat against Germany last Friday and a win against Faroe Island could somehow silence his critics, but it will be not enough to save his job according to the FAI source of Irish Independent.
The senior FAI source said: “Trapattoni would not be sacked between matches. That would not happen in any international set-up. Whatever happens won’t happen until after tomorrow night. The board hasn’t met since Friday night’s game, but I know that none of the members have spoken to Trapattoni either. If he is to go that could all happen within days of the team returning home from the Faroes.”
On the other hand, Ireland skipper Robbie Keane, who missed their match against the Germans due to an Achilles injury, expressed support to his embattled manager, saying: “We are in this together and we have to stick together. The manager has his contract and of course the players want to see that continue. We have played two games and lost one against Germany. And people did not expect us to win that game. As players you try to go out and do your best. The lads tried their best on Friday and it was not good enough. They know they let themselves down and it was not good enough.”
Keane will start and captain Ireland against Faroe Islands once again, taking the spot of Simon Cox. Aside from naming Keane as a starter, Trapattoni will also use Robbie Brady and Marc Wilson, replacing Keith Fahey and Stephen Ward.
[Source: Irish Independent]