Robbie Keane backs Giovanni Trapattoni after Ireland beat Faroe Islands
Robbie Keane has backed Giovanni Trapattoni to stay after Republic of Ireland's 4-1 victory in the Faroe Islands.
Last Updated: 17/10/12 9:51am
The manager's future had been in doubt following a 6-1 hammering at home to Germany on Friday, but Tuesday's win means Ireland have six points from three games in Group C of World Cup qualifying.
And the 32-year-old Los Angeles Galaxy striker, who was back in the team after an Achilles injury, continues to back the veteran Italian.
Asked if he expects Trapattoni to remain in charge, Keane said on Tuesday: "Of course, yes. Listening to his press conference yesterday, first of all, he's not going anywhere.
"He knows that with the squad of players we have, we are quite capable of qualifying, and I believe we can qualify, there's no question about that.
"I still believe we can qualify and I am sure the manager believes that too, so I believe that the manager will be there with us.
"It's out of my hands, but I am sure every player would probably say the same, we want him to stay and continue this campaign."
He added: "I think in this day and age you have to expect a lot of tough questions.
"[But] I think if you want anyone answering back those questions it's Mr Trapattoni, he's been in the game a long time and was well able to handle himself."
Trapattoni got just the response he wanted from his players as Marc Wilson, Jonathan Walters, Darren O'Dea and a Pol Justinussen own goal helped them to victory after a goalless first half.
There was some debate about Walters' effort as Keane claimed a touch on the Stoke man's initial header, but the man with 122 caps is not overly concerned about who gets the credit.
He added: "I definitely did get a little touch on it. I am sure Jon will want it, but listen, I am not really too bothered.
"As long as we got the three points, that was the most important thing."