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FAI backs Giovanni Trapattoni to continue as Republic of Ireland manager

Updated: Thursday, 18 Oct 2012 11:35 | Comments

Giovanni Trapattoni cancelled today's post-match press conference due to an illness in his family
Giovanni Trapattoni cancelled today's post-match press conference due to an illness in his family

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The Football Association of Ireland has confirmed that Giovanni Trapattoni is to stay on as Republic of Ireland manager.

The association released a statement tonight confirming that the Italian would continue in his role. 

The statement read: "While disappointed like everyone with the poor result and performance against Germany and understanding the frustration of some of our supporters, [we] believe the current position in the group means that qualification for Brazil in 2014 remains a realistic and achievable prospect.

"[We] reaffirm that Giovanni Trapattoni is to remain in charge of the national team."

The Italian’s position had come under severe pressure following a disappointing run of results and performances from the European Championships, where the team lost all three games, to a 6-1 hammering at the hands of Germany on Friday night.

"We believe the current position in the group means that qualification for Brazil in 2014 remains a realistic and achievable prospect" - FAI

After yesterday’s 4-1 win over the Faroe Islands, Trapattoni, 73, was adamant that he would stay on for the duration of the World Cup qualifying campaign.

The statement continued: "The Board recognises the depth of feeling surrounding the team, the performances, the results and the manager, reflecting the passion which everyone in Irish football has for the game and will continue to work closely with the manager."

Full FAI Statement

The Board of the FAI met today and discussed Ireland’s performances in the World Cup Qualifying campaign to date and the prospects of achieving qualification for Brazil 2014.

The Board agreed that convening a meeting between the Germany and Faroe Islands matches and/or commenting on the Germany game or the manager’s position prior to last night’s game would have been totally inappropriate.

Following today’s discussions the Board, while disappointed like everyone with the poor result and performance against Germany and understanding the frustration of some of our supporters, believes the current position in the group means that qualification for Brazil in 2014 remains a realistic and achievable prospect and reaffirmed that Giovanni Trapattoni is to remain in charge of the national team.

The Board recognises the depth of feeling surrounding the team, the performances, the results and the manager, reflecting the passion which everyone in Irish football has for the game and will continue to work closely with the manager.

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