Trapattoni keeps job after knife-edge FAI meeting
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."