Here is the statement in full released by the FAI just after 10pm last night:
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 days.
The post-match press conference which was due to take place this afternoon (September 11th) in Dublin has been cancelled.
This would suggest a speedy exit for Giovanni Trapattoni. And rightly so. The truth is that he should’ve been relieved of his duties after the Euros. It was painfully obvious that he was not only failing to get his message across onto the pitch, but he simply wasn’t applying himself to the job at hand.
Our style of football was incredibly poor. The very same style was used in our last two games – which ended in defeats against Sweden and Austria. It was almost too predictable. And don’t get me started on the resources available to him and the players he used.
But now it looks like that in the near future we will very likely have a new manager.
Martin O’Neill’s name has come up a lot – and I mean a lot. As indeed has Chris Hughton’s. Dick Advocaat was mentioned somewhere. Some people (admittedly I am not one of them) would swear that Roy Keane could do a good job. Who would you like to see as new Ireland manager?
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