FAI to review Trapattoni role
The Football Association of Ireland have confirmed they plan a review of the country's World Cup qualifying campaign after defeat to Austria effectively ended their hopes of reaching Brazil.
David Alaba's late goal earned Austria a 1-0 win in Vienna to condemn the Republic to defeat in a must-win encounter for Giovanni Trapattoni's side following last week's loss to Sweden.
The defeat is now set to end Trapattoni's reign as Republic of Ireland manager with their hopes of qualifying for next summer's finals up in smoke barring victories over leaders Germany and Kazakhstan by sizeable margins in their two remaining games and an unlikely series of results elsewhere
The FAI have now issued a statment confirming they will be reviewing Trapattoni's position after a disappointing qualifying campaign.
"The recent results against Sweden and Austria were very disappointing for everyone involved in Irish football, the manager, the players and supporters," read the statement.
"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 Italian though was in no mood to tender his resignation as he was grilled about his position during his post-match press conference at the Ernst Happel Stadion with former Sunderland boss Martin O'Neill a hot favourite to succeed him.
Trapattoni said: "It's for the FAI to decide if they want us to continue or finish our agreement.
"It's okay if they decide to change us all, but until then, we will continue because it's not our decision.
"The FAI will decide what to do, but we have an agreement until May 31 or June 1, I don't know.
"I wasn't joking the other day when I said if I was (FAI chief executive) John Delaney, evaluate what we have done in the last two years and after decide yes or no. It's not my job to do this."