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Friday 23 February 2018

Trapattoni admits he's one defeat away from losing job

Giovanni Trapattoni
Giovanni Trapattoni

DION FANNING in Stockholm

Giovanni Trapattoni says he is still only one poor result away from losing his job despite Ireland's convincing performance against Sweden in Stockholm on Friday night.

If Sweden had beaten Ireland on Friday, Trapattoni would almost certainly have lost his job with the former Reading manager Brian McDermott said to be the main contender to replace him.

Instead Ireland produced a performance which stressed all of Trapattoni's eternal virtues while also promising more from a youthful and exciting side.

"No, no, no, I never feel secure," Trapattoni said. "Never. Never. I am old and have experience. You miss two results and the FAI or other clubs or in Italy they say, 'Bye bye – away'. I am quiet and happy in my job. But I know what happens when you lose a game even if it's not your fault, you can miss a penalty or the goalkeeper can make a mistake. You can lose and it's not your fault. The result is result. I'm very serene about this."

Trapattoni's serenity was boosted by the result on Friday but he says the game against Austria, who beat the Faroe Islands 6-0 in Vienna on Friday night, is a game Ireland must win. "We have to win, yes, yes, obviously," Trapattoni said.

Ireland will not be out of contention with a point but victory would move them into a commanding position behind Germany. Friday night ensured the continuation of Trapattoni's remarkable record as Ireland have never lost in a competitive away game since he became manager. Ireland's home form has been more disappointing but the new players may provide greater variety and bring the demanded victory.

"We're under no illusion but I think we need to be winning these games to be there come the finish of the group," Shane Long said.

Trapattoni bewildered most people with his pre-match press conference which announced a team which he would change twice in the next 24 hours but it had no impact in the side.

Robbie Brady, named provisionally in the side once he had passed some arbitrary mental tests set by the manager, ultimately missed out and said he was surprised by Trapattoni's comments that he needed to prove his attitude.

"I will have a chat with him and see what he thinks but no, psychologically I was as ready for this game as I am for every game. Like I say I was disappointed that I didn't get to play but it was a good result. I think with Glenn Whelan getting injured there was a bit of a change at the last minute. I was out and Jonny Walters was in but it was still a great result so it worked out in the end."

As expected,Whelan did not train with the squad in Malahide yesterday.

Irish Independent

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