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Trapattoni shrugs off criticism

Republic of Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni has dismissed the jeers that greeted his side's 2-1 defeat against Sweden on Friday night and insisted he is "doing a great job" despite the looming World Cup qualification failure.

Giovanni Trapattoni takes his Ireland team to the United States to face Spain on Tuesday
Giovanni Trapattoni is under pressure in Ireland.

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A deflated Ireland now need a miracle to plot a path to Brazil 2014, yet a defiant Trapattoni suggested he should be praised for remoulding a team that has been dramatically altered since last summer's Euro 2012 horror show.

"I think we have done until now, a very, very great job, a great job - not a good job, a great job," stated Trapattoni.

"We have changed many players in the squad and in the team and before the game, we were level in the table with a great team like Sweden.

"Our job until now has been very, very great. Obviously, supporters when they lose in Italy, here, in England, they boo. It's normal."

Trapattoni insisted Ireland can still qualify for the World Cup, but he accepted that a victory in Austria on Tuesday night is now essential.

"Obviously, our position at this moment is difficult, but our dream must stay alive because we have another very important game against Austria," he stressed.

"We need to beat Austria. It's not easy because Austria also lost against Germany, but until the table says we are completely out, we must think we can do it.

"I must continue because there are another three games and in three games, anything can happen. We have an opportunity to continue this and we have to believe, also the team and dream.

"In my past career, I lost the Champions League final and one year after, we won the league and the Champions League. That's football."

Former Sunderland manager Martin O'Neill has been installed as the favourite to succeed Trapattoni as Republic of Ireland boss, with Norwich's Chris Hughton also tipped to be in the mix to land the position that looks increasingly likely to become vacant next month.

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