Marco Tardelli believes Giovanni Trapattoni deserves new Republic of Ireland deal

Giovanni Trapattoni: Under fire after Republic of Ireland lost to Sweden

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Republic of Ireland assistant manager Marco Tardelli believes Giovanni Trapattoni deserves a new contract.

The Italian led Ireland to the European Championship last summer, but their World Cup hopes are fading fast after Friday's 2-1 home defeat to Sweden.

Trapattoni's current deal is due to expire at the end of the campaign and there has been mounting discontent amongst the fans over his tactical approach over recent months; Martin O'Neill is being touted as a possible successor.

Tardelli said: "One year ago, the people who are criticising Giovanni now were very happy with Giovanni.

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"Football is so. We haven't a problem because we understand that our job has been very strong. For me, it is very positive.

"We came here nearly six years ago and now, we feel very well also for another two years, but I don't know if that will happen or not. The FAI know what they will do.

"The Irish fans must be very proud of this team because when this team is on the pitch, they try to do their best."

The lack of an attacking threat against the Swedes had caused much discontent on Friday night, but Tardelli baulked at the idea of a tactical change against Austria on Tuesday.

"We played against Sweden with three strikers - (Jon) Walters, Robbie Keane and Shane Long - and (James) McClean is not a defensive player," he added.

"I think three strikers is enough for any team. I think it's possible to win against Austria and we will do everything we can."

With three matches remaining - with section-leaders Germany and Kazakhstan to come after Austria - the Irish are fourth in Group C, three points adrift of Sweden who currently occupy the play-off slot.