FAI: Trapattoni will continue as Ireland manager
THE FAI have decided to retain Giovanni Trapattoni as manager of the Republic of Ireland after a board meeting in Abbotstown to discuss his future.
Senior figures within the association favoured the removal of the Italian in the aftermath of last Friday's 6-1 thrashing at the hands of Germany.
But after gathering this evening to discuss the next move in the aftermath of the 4-1 defeat over minnows Faroe Islands last night, the FAI have opted to stick with the 73-year-old.
“The Board of the FAI met today and discussed Ireland’s performances in the World Cup Qualifying campaign to date and the prospects of achieving qualification for Brazil 2014,” read a statement from the FAI.
“Following today’s discussions the Board, while disappointed like everyone with the poor result and performance against Germany and understanding the frustration of some of our supporters, believes the current position in the group means that qualification for Brazil in 2014 remains a realistic and achievable prospect and reaffirmed that Giovanni Trapattoni is to remain in charge of the national team.
“The Board recognises the depth of feeling surrounding the team, the performances, the results and the manager, reflecting the passion which everyone in Irish football has for the game and will continue to work closely with the manager.”
Ireland's next World Cup qualifier is the double header with likely rivals Sweden and Austria in March, but the money men in Abbotstown will anxiously monitor the attendances for next month's friendly with Greece and the February showdown with Poland.