Players backing Trapattoni - O'Dea

  • Last Updated: October 17 2012, 21:13 BST

Darren O'Dea has insisted he and his Republic of Ireland team-mates remain firmly behind manager Giovanni Trapattoni.

Giovanni Trapattoni: Has the backing of his players

The 73-year-old Italian found himself in the headlines in the wake of Friday night's 6-1 World Cup qualifier hammering by Germany at the Aviva Stadium as speculation mounted that he would be out of his job by the end of this week.

But as he headed out of Torshavn after Tuesday night's 4-1 victory over the Faroe Islands and then on to his home in Milan on Wednesday morning, Trapattoni was still, for the time being at least, Ireland manager.

Just how long that remains the case is still a matter of conjecture, but O'Dea, whose first senior international goal cemented victory at the Torsvollur Stadium, is adamant that whatever the talk outside the camp, there is a unity within it.

"I don't like when people say, 'I don't read the press'. Every footballer knows - they are not stupid - they know what's going on," he said.

"But God's honest truth, there is no uncertainty and there's no speculation within the team. The team knows the score, and that's that the boss is the boss and everyone believes in him 100 per cent.

"That's not a cliche to cover things up, it's true. There is no uncertainty within that team and the whole camp.

"Whatever happens outside, we know about it, but as long as the team sticks together and the staff stick together, it's not really a problem."

Most of the 10 Board members of the Football Association of Ireland were in Torshavn on Tuesdaynight, but there was no comment from chief executive John Delaney on Trapattoni's future either before or after the game.

The man himself has repeatedly insisted he is going nowhere and was already turning his attention to next month's friendly clash with Greece at the Aviva Stadium.

But his position remains uncertain and the fact remains that he could indeed have taken charge of his final game.

If Trapattoni had borne the brunt of the criticism with which Friday night's catastrophic events were greeted, there was much soul-searching among the players as a squad weakened by retirements and injuries, but bolstered by emerging talent, crumbled in the face of an admittedly ruthless assault by Joachim Low's men.

In an instant, supporters abandoned hope of a trip to the 2014 finals in Brazil, although there was no such defeatism within the dressing room as wounds were licked and chests thrust forward.

O'Dea, 25, said: "Your pride is hurt, you are disappointed, you are embarrassed to a certain extent, but truthfully, we were lucky because we had another game.

"It would have been horrible if we had had a break after that game, but we didn't, we had another game.

"We didn't have much time, which was a good thing, to dwell on it. We got into training - and that's the best cure for something like that, just to get back on a football pitch and put a degree of it right.

"We felt we were strong in our character, we played a good game and it's three points we badly needed, so it puts that to bed now.

"We lost poorly the other night, which wasn't acceptable. It's three points, but we are not getting too ahead of ourselves.

"We have won one game of football - it's three points and we will move on."

Toronto central defender O'Dea endured a tough evening against the Germans, but was much more assured as he marked his 18th senior cap with his first international goal, an 88th-minute header from Aiden McGeady's corner.

"At the time, you just want to win, and that's all that matters now really, that we won and I was part of that win," he said.

"It will be something to look back on. It's a special moment to score a goal at any level, but to score at international level and your first one is fantastic.

"I am delighted with it, but more happy with the win."


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