FAI cancels Trapattoni press conference after Austria defeat
Association says Board of Management to ‘consider the current position’ after defeat in Austria
Giovanni Trapattoni during his post-match press conference in Vienna this evening. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho
The association released a statement after the loss that all but ended Ireland’s chances of finishing in the runners-up spot in Group C of the World Cup qualifiers.
It read: “The recent results against Sweden and Austria were very disappointing for everyone involved in Irish football, the manager, the players and supporters. Our aim of qualification, although mathematically possible, is now highly unlikely even though the team will always do everything within their power to keep that hope alive.
“The FAI Board of Management will now consider the current position over the coming period to discuss the recent results.
“The post-match press conference which was due to take place this afternoon in Dublin has been cancelled.”
Trapattoni traditionally addresses the media at Dublin Airport the morning after games and his failure to do so tomorrow will heighten speculation he is either preparing to step down, or more likely, the association is planning to pay up his contract and get a replacement in before the final two games of the campaign next month.
Ireland lost their second game in four days this evening, after David Alaba’s 84th minute winner in Vienna left them fourth in Group C, six points adrift of second-placed Sweden and 11 behind leaders Germany.
In the wake of defeat, captain Robbie Keane said the Italian had been “brilliant” for Irish football.
“Whatever does happen, nobody should forget what he has done for this country, regardless of whether he stays or goes. He’s been a credit and he’s handled himself the way an Irish manager should. He’s been very proud to lead this country.”
Richard Dunne, meanwhile, called for some perspective and expectations of the team to be lowered.