Trapattoni refuses to throw in towel


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Giovanni Trapattoni insisted he would not walk away from the Republic of Ireland job, despite overseeing the country's worst competitive defeat on home soil.

Germany made light work of the Irish in Friday's World Cup qualifier in Dublin, winning 6-1 with two goals each from Marco Reus and sub Toni Kroos, and further goals from Miroslav Klose and Mesut Özil .

The Ireland coach, already under huge pressure after the team's disappointing Euro 2012 campaign where they lost all three matches, rejected suggestions that now was the time for him to depart.

"I am staying because I am proud of this team," said Trapattoni. "It is not for the money, it's pride. It's a professional job.

"I do this with money or no money. I am proud of my job. I was in four countries, and I won in every country."

Trapattoni conceded that Ireland were in a "very difficult" situation, and denied that his future was on the line when they travel to the Faroe Islands on Tuesday.

"There is a long way to go, look at the table," he said. "Germany are far ahead, but Austria and Sweden are there and we are still in the race to qualify.

"The players must answer us now, their commitment is important. Their commitment is 100 per cent, this team has the mentality and it is proud."