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Trapattoni vows to keep Ireland job

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 14 October, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 14 October, 2012, 2:36am
 

Giovanni Trapattoni insisted he would not walk away from the Ireland job, despite overseeing the country's worst competitive defeat on home soil.

Germany destroyed the Irish in their World Cup qualifier, winning 6-1 through braces from Marco Reus and sub Toni Kroos, and goals from Miroslav Klose and Mesut Ozil.

The Italian coach, already under huge pressure after Ireland's disappointing Euro 2012 campaign, rejected suggestions that now was the time for him to depart.

"I am staying because I am proud of this team," said Trapattoni. "It is not for the money, it's pride. It's a professional job.

"I do this with money or no money. I am proud of my job. I was in four countries, and I won in every country."

Trapattoni conceded Ireland were in a "very difficult" situation, and denied his future was on the line when they travel to the Faroe Islands on Tuesday.

"There is a long way to go, look at the table," he said. "Germany are far ahead, but Austria and Sweden are there and we are still in the race to qualify.

"The players must answer us now - their commitment is important. Their commitment is 100 per cent. This team has the mentality and it is proud."

The Italian added: "We didn't get the best out of the players. Usually we have more aggression, more confidence, but after 30 minutes we were very down, no energy, usually we have more of a reaction.

"We have these players, we have no other players. There is no way to discover better players. There are no other players."

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