'I believe in this team' - Republic of Ireland boss Giovanni Trapattoni

The Italian tactician has stressed his desire to remain as manager of the Boys in Green despite receiving offers from clubs and international teams
Giovanni Trapattoni has re-affirmed his commitment to his role as manager of the Republic of Ireland national team and said that he believes in the team's ability to qualify for the World Cup.

The Italian tactician, who has been the head coach of the Boys in Green since 2008, revealed that he had received several other job offers, from both clubs and international teams, but stressed that his interest remains with Ireland.

"I have also opportunity but my interest is not in those opportunities," Trapattoni told reporters. "Somebody called, two, three countries, but I didn't even try discuss it. One team also asked 'are you available?'.

"Truth is I like to stay here first. I think really we have a good team. We have good players, but I have also calls. I'm not particularly interested now, I believe in this team, I change many, many players in this team."

Ireland are currently fourth in their World Cup qualification group, level on points with Sweden and Austria, but significantly behind in terms of goal difference. Nevertheless, they still have a chance of qualification for the World Cup in Brazil.

Trapattoni accepted that the late 2-2 draw at home to Austria in March had put a dent in the team's qualification hopes and acknowledged that he may not be rewarded with a new deal if he fails to steer Ireland to the finals of the competition next year. However, the 74-year-old also reiterated his pride in his achievements, including the team's qualification for Euro 2012.

He said: "The attitude is very important, because I believe in this team, they love me. If we lose, then ciao, bye-bye. If we qualify for Brazil, then we have the possibility of a new deal.

"It's FAI decision, but I am proud of what I did in these campaign. [The World Cup playoff in] France, then [Euro 2012 in] Poland, we did good job. Now, the group is strong, but without this little mistake, Austria, that is our life.

"We can accept always. The people and the FAI decide," concluded Trapattoni.