Sunday 21 January 2018

Fans vent anger at Trapattoni as FAI prepares his marching orders

Irish fans hold a banner calling for Trapattoni's head at last night's game
Irish fans hold a banner calling for Trapattoni's head at last night's game

Ian Mallon and Mark O'Regan

THE writing was on the wall for Giovanni Trapattoni as Ireland manager when fans unfurled a 'Trap Out' banner in the north Atlantic island despite our 4-1 win over the Faroe Islands.

The stance of the influential away supporters is telling, as the FAI prepare to meet within days to discuss the future of the under-fire boss. FAI board members are due to meet later this week where it's expected the majority will agree to sack the manager.

At one stage last night it appeared Trapattoni's future was at an end when he cancelled the traditional post-match press conference in Dublin. It later emerged that the 73-year-old has an ill sister in Milan, and he wanted to be with her instead.

Nonetheless, Trapattoni seemed resigned to his fate in the post-match interviews when he said it was "no problem" if the FAI asked him to leave.

FAI sources indicated to the Irish Independent that last night's win would not ensure his future.

Following the 6-1 beating at the Aviva it emerged that Trapattoni no longer has the full support of the FAI board, and they are expected to meet in the coming days to discuss the manager's position.

Ireland enjoyed a good second half in their Group C match at the Torsvollur Stadium with Wilson, Walters, O'Dea, and an own goal from Poljustinussen securing the 4-1 win.

If Trapattoni and the FAI part company in the coming days, he will at least have left the team with a chance of getting to the playoffs of Group C, after Ireland beat the Faroe Islands in Torshavn last night.

His former assistant Liam Brady spoke in Trapattoni's favour after the match when he said: "This man knows what he is doing" before adding that Ireland would be the "laughing stock" if they got rid of the manager now.

The under-fire coach cut a forlorn figure on the sideline touchline in Torsvollur Stadium, which led to a belief that he was resigned to his fate.

At one point he was seen apparently praying to the heavens during a first half where Ireland missed scoring chances to draw a blank at half time.

After a disastrous Euro 2012 campaign and last week's 6-1 drubbing by the Germans on home soil, Trapattoni was effectively in a no-win situation regardless of last night's result.

It took an own goal in the 73rd minute to put us 3-1 up and out of reach of the Faroe Islands, who are at 158 in the FIFA rankings compared to Ireland's 28.

Irish Independent

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