Ireland’s Robbie Keane: Giovanni Trapattoni is not going anywhere

Republic of Ireland captain Robbie Keane believes under-pressure manager Giovanni Trapattoni is "not going anywhere"

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Robbie Keane scored his 54th goal for Ireland against Kazakhstan Photo: Kelvin Gillmor

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Robbie Keane believes Giovanni Trapattoni is “not going anywhere” despite the mounting speculation over the Republic of Ireland manager’s position.

Goals from Mark Wilson, Jonathan Walters and Darren O’Dea, plus an own goal, helped the Irish to an emphatic 4-1 victory over the Faroe Islands.

The win leaves Ireland third in their World Cup qualifying group, but a disappointing Euro 2012 campaign and a 6-1 loss to Germany on Friday, has left Trapattoni’s future in doubt.

“Of course, yes [I expect him to stay],” said Keane. “Listening to his press conference yesterday, first of all, he’s not going anywhere.

“He knows that with the squad of players we have, we are quite capable of qualifying, and I believe we can qualify, there’s no question about that.

“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.”

The 73-year-old was in defiant mood when faced with questions over his job following Tuesday’s victory in Torshavn.

“We have in November another game,” said Trapattoni.

“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 I can do, but it’s not my decision. I don’t have a problem.

“For me, it’s my job. I say always I am proud to be the manager of this team with these players.”

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