Monday 11 December 2017

'If we win 10-0, then Trapattoni might keep his job' says senior FAI source

Ireland captain Robbie Keane with manager Trapattoni at a press conference ahead of tonight's game
Ireland captain Robbie Keane with manager Trapattoni at a press conference ahead of tonight's game
Fans Malachy Gormley, left, from Donegal, and Ger Maher, from Carlow, in the Faroe Islands

Ian Mallon and  Daniel McDonnell

GIOVANNI Trapattoni needs a miracle to save his Ireland career, senior sources say.

A senior FAI source revealed that the only way the 73-year-old Italian can save his job is "if Ireland win 10-0" against the Faroe Islands tonight.

The FAI is determined to sack Trapattoni in the days after the team return to Ireland from Torshavn where the World Cup qualifier will be played.

The association has no confidence in the manager following the 6-1 humiliation by Germany on Friday and the apparent complete disarray in the squad after it emerged that defender Stephen Kelly had to be talked on to the plane for the Faroe trip.

"Look, what happens if Ireland win 10-0 against the Faroes or something like that?" said the source.

"Wouldn't we all be saying then what a great fellow he was and how he lifted the team back up after Germany.

"I know it might be a miracle following what happened against Germany, but you'd never know."

This newspaper understands that an extraordinary meeting of the FAI board will take place before the end of the week to discuss the dismissal of Trapattoni.

It is believed then that a meeting with the manager and his backroom team to discuss a severance package will take place.

The search for a new manager will begin quickly to try to get a coach in place before our home friendly with Greece in November.

That match could be a financial catastrophe if the current regime is still in charge, as Greece are one of the least attractive teams in European football.

Trapattoni remained defiant last night, insisting he has no intention of resigning.

The 73-year-old blamed the German thrashing on the unavailability of key players.

"They [the FAI] must say why. I can tell them easily that I was missing six or seven players from the Euros.

"When they are sure, they have to decide. Not me. I have crossed the Alps barefoot and I have overcome most difficulty in my entire years. We are at the start of a qualifying campaign and we have lost one game to Germany, the second best team in the world. It's no problem."

Trapattoni said that he has not discussed his position with the FAI hierarchy.

The Faroe Islands are ranked 158th in the world.

Irish Independent

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