Monday 23 October 2017

Trap has no future as Irish boss despite Faroe Islands win

Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

GIOVANNI TRAPATTONI jets back to Milan for what is likely to be the last time as Ireland manager today, after overseeing a 4-1 win over the Faroe Islands last night.

The victory would not appear to be enough to keep the Italian in a job, however, as the FAI chief executive John Delaney and the association's press office declined to comment on the 73-year-old's future in Torshavn.

The Ireland boss was due to meet the media today to discuss a turbulent international window, but his normal press conference was cancelled as his sister is ill.

It is the first time the scheduled press conference will not go ahead since Trapattoni took over in 2008.

He said that no meeting with the FAI has been scheduled to discuss the situation and insisted that he was confident about his future, but the indications are that his time is up.

"I don't hear the speculation. When we lost we got criticism. That is our job. I prepared the team for the next game," he said.

"I said that I was confident about the team direction. Also, in training, we saw that. I am happy for the young players.

"All the team played really well, but especially James McCarthy, Marc Wilson and Seamus Coleman. They were very important."

The record 6-1 defeat to Germany meant the writing was on the wall for Trapattoni ahead of his 53rd game in charge of the boys in green.

His 22nd win does not appear to be enough to save his job. Ironically, it was one of the players that Trapattoni had marginalised who got Ireland on their way to victory.

After a tightly contested first half, Wilson eased Irish nerves within a minute of the restart when his deflected drive flew into the top corner.

Minutes later, his Stoke City team-mate Jonathan Walters doubled the lead with help from skipper Robbie Keane, whose run helped put off goalkeeper Gunnar Neilson.

The Faroese minnows pulled one back through substitute Arnbjorn Hansen, a kindergarten teacher by day, but an own goal by Pol Johannes Justinussen after good work from Keane sealed the win for Ireland, who lie third in the group behind Germany and Sweden after their 4-4 draw.

Irish Independent

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