Giovanni Trapattoni says he is not fighting to keep his job as Republic of Ireland manager despite the record 6-1 home defeat by Germany in Dublin.
The 73-year-old Italian watched on helplessly as his team were ripped apart time and time again by the world No-2 ranked Germans.
Ireland's performance was reminiscent of their hapless European Championship campaign but, when asked if Tuesday's World Cup qualifying Group C encounter in Torshavn against the Faroe Islands could be vital to his continued presence at the helm, he replied: "No.
"It's a long way to Tipperary. Germany have gone, but we are in there fighting with Austria and Sweden for qualification. Why not?
"The players have to answer us and I am sure they can. We need to see their commitment in a very important situation here.
"I am proud of those players because their commitment is full, 100 per cent. I don't accept players without this commitment."
Trapattoni was defiant too when, after a week during which his future has been a topic of speculation, he was asked why he wanted to remain as Ireland manager.
He said: "Because I am proud of this team and the results it has achieved. It's not about money - it's about pride and being professional in my job. I was in four countries and I won in every country."