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Poll: Is it time for Giovanni Trapattoni to step down as Ireland manager?

It was an embarrassing night for Irish football. Should the Italian coach now resign?

Ireland's manager Giovanni Trapattoni turns away after Germany score their fourth goal.
Ireland's manager Giovanni Trapattoni turns away after Germany score their fourth goal.

TONIGHT’S PERFORMANCE AGAINST Germany was widely considered to be one of the worst-ever displays produced by an Irish team.

The side were hammered 6-1, with an unusual lack of spirit evident, in addition to the poor technique and defensive mistakes that have grown more prominent in Trap’s team of late.

The result has left many Irish fans and pundits suggesting the Italian manager should step down, having presided over one of Ireland’s worst home defeats ever.

Nonetheless, whether he will actually leave remains to be seen.

Those defending Trap will point to the absence of several key first-team players as a partial excuse for the emphatic nature of the loss.

Moreover, they will also likely highlight Trap’s record during his time as Ireland manager, in which he has so far helped Ireland reach one tournament (Euro 2012) and overseen them narrowly missing out on another (World Cup 2010).

In addition, prior to the Euros, Ireland had not lost a competitive away fixture under Trap.

Yet should the FAI ignore the increasingly tenuous positives and listen to the cries of many supporters, there is the added question of whether they can afford the ample compensation reportedly needed to be paid if they want to sack him.

With that in mind, is it time for Trap to step down?

Poll Results:

No (4046)
Yes (2936)
Other (692)

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Paul Fennessy

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