Pressure mounts on Trapattoni

11 September 2013 01:46

Giovanni Trapattoni's tenure as Ireland manager appears to be drawing to a close with the Football Association of Ireland considering his position.

Barely an hour after the 74-year-old Italian saw his side slip to a 1-0 defeat in Austria which effectively ended their hopes of World Cup qualification, the FAI cancelled a scheduled press conference in Dublin on Wednesday afternoon.

A statement said: "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."

Source: PA

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