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Trapattoni fears losing Ireland job

March 26, 2013
By Kevin Palmer

Republic of Ireland boss Giovanni Trapattoni has admitted he could lose his job if his side slump to defeat in their crucial World Cup qualifier against Austria in Dublin on Tuesday.

Giovanni Trapattoni and John o'Shea Ireland training
APGiovanni Trapattoni continues to be widely ridiculed for a number of his decisions

Trapattoni is believed to have come close to parting company with his Football Association of Ireland (FAI) paymasters back in October and even though he was given a belated vote of confidence, he suspects the pressure will mount on his shoulders once again unless he gets the win he needs in the Group C clash against the Austrians.

"I never feel secure, never," admitted 74-year-old Trapattoni. "I am old and have experience. You miss two results and the FAI or other clubs or in Italy they say, 'bye bye'.

"I am quiet and happy in my job, but I know what happens. When you lose a game even if it's not your fault, you can miss a penalty or the goalkeeper can make a mistake. The result is result. I am very serene about this."

Meanwhile, Trapattoni has sprung a surprise with his team selection for Tuesday night's match by naming Derby County striker Connor Sammon in his starting line-up.

Trapattoni was expected to replace injured skipper Robbie Keane with an experienced forward in a clash that could make or break his side's hopes of qualifying for next summer's World Cup finals in Brazil.

However, he has handed Dubliner Sammon his first competitive start after he made an impression on the veteran Italian tactician in last month's friendly international against Poland.

"Physically he is strong enough, he's quick and he is good in the air and he showed us good quality in the last game," Trapattoni said of the 26-year-old. "He is not only tall, he is fast as well.

"We need two fast players and in Sammon and Shane Long, this is what we have. We don't know how Austria will play. Will they come and press us or will they stay and wait for us?

"Will they wait for us and hit us on the counter-attack, or will they come and put pressure on us? Will they give us the space or will we find to find the space? We need quick players to give us options."

Trapattoni's decision to drop Leeds midfielder Paul Green for fit again Stoke star Glenn Whelan was also something of a surprise after the former produced a fine display in the battling 0-0 draw against Sweden in Stockholm on Friday.

Stoke's Marc Wilson is a doubt for the game in Dublin and will be replaced by Reading's Stephen Kelly if he fails to pass a late fitness test.

Republic of Ireland team to play Austria: Forde, Coleman, O'Shea, Clark, Wilson, Walters, Whelan, McCarthy, McClean, Sammon, Long.