Ireland boss Giovanni Trapattoni admits that his future is out of his hands

The 73-year-old Italian tactician sidestepped speculation over his future as Ireland manager and insisted that the decision would ultimately come from the FAI
Republic of Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni has conceded that his future at the helm of the Boys in Green is out of his hands as speculation continues to swirl over the Italian.

After presiding over Ireland's worst ever home defeat - a 6-1 loss to Germany - reports in the media suggested that the 73-year-old's future was under serious threat.

Indeed, prior to the game against the Faroe Islands, it emerged that Trapattoni would not fly to Dublin to take part in the post-match press conference and would instead fly straight to Italy, thus fuelling speculation.

But, having guided the team to a comprehensive 4-1 victory over the Faroe Islands on Tuesday October 16, Trapattoni stressed that the decision was entirely the FAI's to make.

"I know I was at three of the most important clubs in the world and I knew the procedures there," he told reporters when asked about his future after the victory in Torshavn.

"And I know what we have done in three years here; the results, the ranking, the changes in the team. This I know. After that the FAI must make the decision," added Trapattoni.

Ireland are currently third in Group C with six points from three qualification games, leaving them behind Germany and Sweden.