The F.A.I have confirmed Giovanni Trapattoni will stay on as manager having received the backing of board who met last night.
The Association says while they were disappointed with the poor result and performance against Germany they believe the current position in the group means that qualification for Brazil in 2014 remains a realistic and achievable prospect.
The Irish Independant are reporting that the intervention of senior players who were represented by Captain Robbie Keane played major part in the decision as some members of the board were willing to get rid of Trapattoni.
Last years Leinster club finalists Saint Brigids and former All Ireland winners Kilmacud Crokes will meet in the Dublin senior football Championship semi finals this weekend after both came through tough quarter finals last night.
Brigids needed a late goal from Barry Cahill to beat Tempelougue Synge Street 1-14 to 2-9 while in the second semi final Kilmacud Crokes beat Saint Sylvesters 1-6 to 6 points, former Ireland underage soccer star Paul Mannion scoring the only goal there.
Today"s card at Punchestown is due off at 1.45 but that"s subject to an 8 am track inspection.