Tuesday 24 October 2017

Trapattoni keeps job after knife-edge FAI meeting

Ian Mallon

Ian Mallon

GIOVANNI Trapattoni has kept his job as Ireland manager by the skin of his teeth after a tense FAI board meeting.

opinions were divided on whether to replace the 73-year-old during high-level discussions at the association's Abbotstown HQ in Dublin.

But it is understood that the support of the players led by captain Robbie Keane was a key factor in retaining the Italian as manager after the win over the Faroe Islands.

"It was was on a knife edge, but Trap got through," said a source close to the meeting.

Other contributors to the meeting said that because Trapattoni had secured six points out of a possible nine in World Cup qualification, he deserved to stay on. A statement from the FAI said: "The current position in the group means that qualification for Brazil in 2014 remains a realistic and achievable prospect."

But the board admitted it was "disappointed like everyone with the poor result and performance against Germany" and that it "understood the frustration of some supporters".

A source close to the drama said: "It's certainly a wake up call for Trap. He knows he's going to have to improve his communication skills."

Irish Independent

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