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Players back Trapattoni - O'Dea

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

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 Ireland manager. The Football Association of Ireland then confirmed on Wednesday that Trapattoni would remain manager of the national side.

The news would undoubtedly have been greeted with enthusiasm by O'Dea, who revealed that there is a unity within the Ireland camp.

"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."


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