Robbie Keane backs Giovanni Trapattoni after Ireland beat Faroe Islands
Last Updated: October 17, 2012 9:51am
Robbie Keane has backed manager Giovanni Trapattoni to stay
Robbie Keane has backed Giovanni Trapattoni to stay after Republic of Ireland's 4-1 victory in the Faroe Islands.
The manager's future had been in doubt following a 6-1 hammering at home to Germany on Friday, but Tuesday's win means Ireland have six points from three games in Group C of World Cup qualifying.
And the 32-year-old Los Angeles Galaxy striker, who was back in the team after an Achilles injury, continues to back the veteran Italian.
"I still believe we can qualify and I am sure the manager believes that too, so I believe that the manager will be there with us."
Asked if he expects Trapattoni to remain in charge, Keane said on Tuesday: "Of course, yes. Listening to his press conference yesterday, first of all, he's not going anywhere.
"He knows that with the squad of players we have, we are quite capable of qualifying, and I believe we can qualify, there's no question about that.
"I still believe we can qualify and I am sure the manager believes that too, so I believe that the manager will be there with us.
"It's out of my hands, but I am sure every player would probably say the same, we want him to stay and continue this campaign."
He added: "I think in this day and age you have to expect a lot of tough questions.
"[But] I think if you want anyone answering back those questions it's Mr Trapattoni, he's been in the game a long time and was well able to handle himself."
Trapattoni got just the response he wanted from his players as Marc Wilson, Jonathan Walters, Darren O'Dea and a Pol Justinussen own goal helped them to victory after a goalless first half.
There was some debate about Walters' effort as Keane claimed a touch on the Stoke man's initial header, but the man with 122 caps is not overly concerned about who gets the credit.
He added: "I definitely did get a little touch on it. I am sure Jon will want it, but listen, I am not really too bothered.
"As long as we got the three points, that was the most important thing."