Trapattoni: I have authority over my team

The legendary Italian trainer says he has complete control of squad affairs and claims he has no problems with the Football Association of Ireland
Republic of Ireland boss Giovanni Trapattoni says his authority has not been undermined by 'suggestions' from the Football Association of Ireland (FAI) about his role as manager.

The 73-year-old Italian's position came under severe pressure following a disappointing Euro 2012 campaign and a humiliating 6-1 World Cup Group C qualifier defeat to Germany earlier this month.

Following the subsequent win over Faroe Islands, the FAI backed Trapattoni, but also met with him to discuss "issues that needed to be addressed", believed to be his preference to watch games on DVD rather than attend in person, and his communication style.

"Someone making suggestions doesn't take authority away from me," he told reporters. "I understand the responsibility of the FAI. Suggestions - no problems. I have the authority with my team.

"Some say my English is not very good. I ask the players and they all say they understand. There are only 100 or 200 words in football: ‘win, deserve, lose', unfortunately.

"I can fly every Saturday. Sometimes the players might not play. We ask them and they don't know. I see many games at home, I drive in England to the pitch, they don’t play. Sometimes, the driver has to change [direction] after 100 kilometres."

The former Juventus coach also conceded that Norwich City's Wes Hoolahan will definitely play a part in the friendly against Greece on November 14, but LA Galaxy striker Robbie Keane will be rested.

"Sure, [Hoolahan] will play, I'm not sure if it's the first or second half, we will decide. I spoke with Keane [about being rested], 'no problem', he said."

When asked how Sweden’s comeback against Germany affected the dynamic of the group, Trapattoni said: “I think [the difference is] only one point for us. Obviously, it was better when Germany were leading [but] we have 90 minutes against Sweden.

"This 4-0, 4-4. I have no doubt about the truth [of it]. [Sweden] played a very good game. What happened? Many German players played in Champions League before, they play many games [so they could be tired]."

Ireland are currently third in Group C in their World Cup qualifying campaign after picking up six points from three games.