Giovanni Trapattoni defiant over Republic of Ireland exit talk

Republic of Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni rejects talk of leaving his post following a home defeat to Sweden.

Giovanni Trapattoni has insisted that he has done "a great job" as Republic of Ireland boss, declaring that his side are capable of recovering from a 2-1 home defeat to Sweden last night.

Ireland's chances of qualifying for next summer's World Cup suffered a severe blow with a home defeat to the Swedes, leaving them three points off second place with three games to play.

Trapattoni admitted that Ireland's position in Group C looks precarious, conceding that anything other than victory over Austria on Tuesday will effectively end hopes of a trip to Brazil.

He told Sky Sports News: "I think we have done until now, a very, very great job, a great job. Not a good job, a great job.

"We have changed many players in the squad and in the team and before the game, we were level in the table with a great team like Sweden. Obviously, supporters when they lose in Italy, here, in England, they boo. It's normal. Obviously, we need to beat Austria.

"It's not easy because Austria also lost against Germany, but until the table says we are completely out, we must think [we can do it]. I must continue because there are another three games and in three games, anything can happen."

Robbie Keane's strike had given Ireland an early lead against Sweden, but goals from Johan Elmander and Anders Svensson condemned the hosts to defeat.

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Republic of Ireland's Manager Giovanni Trapattoni before the start of the match with Georgia during a International friendly match between the Republic of Ireland and Georgia at the Aviva Stadium on June 2, 2013
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