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KEITH ANDREWS has praised the FAI for sticking with Giovanni Trapattoni as manager and says the association would have been "crazy" to ditch the 73-year-old now.

The FAI confirmed late last night, following a meeting of the 10-man board, that Trapattoni would remain on as manager of the national team.

"I'm delighted that he's staying, it would have been a crazy decision to get rid of him now," Andrews told the Herald today.

"Losing Trap as manager would have been a big, big mistake.

"We have built a squad over the last few years, we qualified once and went very close the time before that.

"I know the Euros didn't go to plan and the manager got heavily criticised at the time.

"But he has experimented a bit and brought in younger players and it would have been a huge mistake for the FAI to ditch him," added the Bolton man.