Ireland down and under, but Trapattoni insists on “doing a great job”
The international friendlies have brought frowns to many faces, Giovanni Trapattoni being one of them. The Republic of Ireland manager has dismissed reports about his exit following a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Sweden on Friday. Trapattoni insists he is “doing a great job”, although his side are at the cusp of losing the privilege of playing the World Cup next year.
The Republic of Ireland might not be able to succeed from the World Cup qualifiers because of their poor form. A miraculous return of form is what Trapattoni needs from his men. Trapattoni claims he should he hailed for rejuvenating the squad following their horrific performance at the Euro 2012.
“I think we have done until now, a very, very great job, a great job - not a good job, a great job,” Trapattoni said. “We have changed many players in the squad and in the team and before the game, we were level in the table with a great team like Sweden.
“Our job until now has been very, very great. Obviously, supporters when they lose in Italy, here, in England, they boo. It's normal.”
Despite scathing criticism and pessimism about Ireland qualifying for the World Cup, Trapattoni believes his side can still qualify for the World Cup. However, Trapattoni insists that a Ireland need to pick a win over Austria on Tuesday to succeed.
“Obviously, our position at this moment is difficult, but our dream must stay alive because we have another very important game against Austria,” Trapattoni added. “We need to beat Austria. It's not easy because Austria also lost against Germany, but until the table says we are completely out, we must think we can do it.
“I must continue because there are another three games and in three games, anything can happen. We have an opportunity to continue this and we have to believe, also the team and dream. In my past career, I lost the Champions League final and one year after, we won the league and the Champions League. That's football.”
Rife rumors suggest that the former Sunderland manager Martin O’Neil will succeed Trapattoni as the new manager of Ireland. It is believed that Trapattoni will be forced for an exit next month.