Ireland’s huge humbling in Dublin – the country’s heaviest defeat in a competitive home game – casts further doubt on their chances of making it to the World Cup in 2014 and, with their clear failure at Euro 2012 still fresh in the memory,
Now seems the perfect opportunity to dispense with ‘Trap’ and give a new manager the chance to at least try and salvage their qualification campaign.
In the wake of the Germany loss, the media in the Republic have been vocal in their calls for the experienced Italian coach to either be sacked or to resign, but the former Juventus, Inter and Bayern Munich chief is standing firm and apparently has no intention of walking.
Some say, at 73 years old, ‘Trap’ is now too old for such a job while there have been plenty of critics taking a swipe at what they say is his one-dimensional play and questionable overall tactics. Punters gambling online certainly seem to have made their minds up, with plenty of cash been lumped on a imminent sacking for the veteran.
Essentially, and despite all his previous success as a club coach, plenty of Ireland fans view Trapattoni as an ‘old-school’ boss, stuck in the past and whose methods are now outdated. Others suggest he lost the dressing room during the Euros and his stubbornness not to embrace young talent sooner, like James McClean and Seamus Coleman, has cost the side and left them playing catch-up in their World Cup qualification group.
Trapattoni has defended the widely-criticised 2-1 away win over Kazakhstan, saying Austria’s 0-0 draw there proves it is a difficult place to go and by no means an easy three points for any nation, while he will also suggest Ireland were always only going to be in contention for third at best in a tough group that will see Germany and Sweden finishing inevitably first and second.
However, fans are disillusioned and rumblings of player unrest does not bode well for the rest of Ireland’s campaign. The latest odds hardly paint a rosy picture either.
Mick McCarthy, Roy Keane and other, younger, managers have been mentioned as possible successors to Trapattoni and if a new man came in there would just about still be time for him to turn around their chances and secure World Cup qualification for the first time since 2002.
The Irish side clearly needs rejuvenating and a new manager now seems the logical next step to take.