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Praying for time

GIOVANNI Trapattoni has been given no indication that his days as Ireland team manager are numbered but the silence from the FAI was deafening in Torshavn after a 4-1 win over the Faroe Islands.

FAI CEO John Delaney turned down media requests for a statement on Trapattoni's employment status and Board members remained silent on speculation that a decision has been made to sack the Italian.

And it is now clear that the FAI will have to sack Trapattoni and find the money to pay up his contract if they want a new manager to take on the task of qualifying for Brazil

But unless leaks over the last few days were wildly inaccurate, the FAI want to move quickly to replace him and that could be a very expensive bit of business indeed. Trapattoni would be within his rights to demand his full salary up until June 2014, as would Marco Tardelli and fitness coach Fausto Rossi.

Trapattoni is digging his heels in: "I am not concerned whether he (Delaney) talks to me or not. One or two times in three years, he came out to Portmarnock and sometimes he sends 'well done'. But not many times.

"I expect to be manager for the game against Greece. We started three games ago and lost against one of the best teams in the world. I know what I can do but it's not my decision."