Robbie Keane has insisted there is “no chance” of Giovanni Trapattoni’s job as Republic of Ireland manager coming under threat, despite their European Championship nightmare.
Ireland’s Euro 2012 adventure ended with another defeat last night as Italy beat them 2-0 in Poznan to leave them with no points in three games.
Trapattoni has declared his intention to continue into next season’s World Cup qualifying campaign but the team’s performance in Poland and Ukraine has raised question marks as to whether, at 73, he is the right man to lead them forward.
Asked about the prospect of Trapattoni being forced out, captain Keane simply said: “No chance.”
Los Angeles Galaxy striker Keane may have left little room for doubt about Trapattoni’s future but the same could not be said about his own.
Indeed, none of Ireland’s veterans were making snap decisions about their international careers after last night’s game.
Keane and Shay Given - the two most-capped players in Ireland’s history - and veteran defender Richard Dunne all insisted they would take time to consider whether they would play on.
Damien Duff, who wore the skipper’s armband yesterday to mark his 100th cap, seemed to hint his time was up, having previously revealed he had made up his mind whether to play on.
Keane, who earned his 120th cap in Poznan, said of his future: “It’s not probably the right time even to be talking about it. The whole squad has come off a tournament and we’re all disappointed.”