While the Football Association of Ireland is aware of a growing list of contenders to replace Trapattoni as manager, with the likes of Mick McCarthy, Owen Coyle and Rafael Benítez all promoted as candidates over the weekend, the cost of terminating the Italian’s £1.5 million-a-year contract has left the FAI with little room for manoeuvre.
Another defeat against the Faroe Islands in Torshavn on Tuesday could place Trapattoni under intolerable pressure, but having ruled out the prospect of walking away from his post, the 73 year-old claims his players must forget about Germany and focus on crucial fixtures against Sweden and Austria.
“We can accept defeat against Germany,” Trapattoni said. “Realistically, we were never going to compete against Germany for first place in the group. Our aim is to compete with Sweden and Austria. We have to
recharge the batteries and focus on the next match in the Faroes. We have to win and we will look to win.
“Our performance against Germany was inferior to our previous performances and they were clearly superior to us technically and physically as well. But our target is not Germany, our target is Sweden and Austria.”
Trapattoni, who will assess the extent of Robbie Keane’s bruised Achilles tendon before selecting his team to face the Faroes on Monday, admits he held a meeting with his players on Friday night following the humiliating defeat against Germany.
“When we got back to the hotel after the match, I spoke to the players before dinner,” Trapattoni said.
“They were deflated but I told them that when you lose, conceding one goal, six goals or three goals, it’s the same. It’s three points gone, it only changes the psychological situation.
“I reminded them that when they play at their clubs and they lose a game, they often have another one after three days and they have to start again for that next match with the same enthusiasm and immediately forget the defeat.”