After a board meeting, the FAI announced that the 73-year-old Italian would continue in his role as
A spokesman said: "The board of the FAI met today and discussed
"The board agreed that convening a meeting between the
"Following today's discussions the board, while disappointed like everyone with the poor result and performance against
"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."
The move came after days of speculation that Trapattoni would be handed his marching orders after last week's dismal 6-1 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifier defeat by
One report suggested the former
However, Trapattoni remained defiant throughout and with the public support of skipper
Most of the 10 board members were in the Faroes and chief executive
However, while there is little doubt that there was a serious debate to be had after a dreadful showing at the
Trapattoni was recruited at great expense to revive the fortunes of a nation which had made something of a habit of punching above its weight under the likes of
A man who had won league titles in four different countries was welcomed with open arms as he set about his task, and he very nearly succeeded at the first attempt when only
However, it went one better two years later when, having finished second in the group to
Trapattoni's tenure has not been without controversy - his critics bemoan the lack of adventure in his team and the flair players who have been discarded along the way - and his continued residence in
There have been suggestions too that his communication skills are not what they ought to be on the training pitch or in the dressing room, and not just because of his limited grasp of English.
Trapattoni himself has greeted this week's debate in philosophical fashion, stubbornly insisting he was going nowhere and pointing to his record as evidence of the progress which has been made.
Asked if he expected still to be manager when that campaign drew to a close, Trapattoni said: "I expect. We started three games ago - we have won two games, we have lost one against the best team [in Group C]. It's not my decision.
"I know what can do, but it's not my decision."
Despite talk of unrest within the camp, players were queuing up after the game to voice their support for the manager.
Keane said: "I still believe we can qualify and I am sure the manager believes that too, so I believe that the manager will be there with us.
"It's out of my hands, but I am sure every player would probably say the same, we want him to stay and continue this campaign."
"That's not a cliche to cover things up, it's true. There is no uncertainty within that team and the whole camp."
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