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Last Updated: Wednesday, 12 October 2005, 21:32 GMT 22:32 UK
Kerr wants to stay as Irish boss
Republic of Ireland manager Brian Kerr
Republic of Ireland manager Brian Kerr has ruled out any question of resigning despite his team's failure to qualify for the 2006 World Cup.

The 0-0 draw at home to Switzerland meant the Irish missed out, with the Swiss claiming the play-off spot.

"My future is not a question for today, but the association are clear about my intentions," said Kerr.

"I have been described as a lucky manager, but I do not think we have had much luck over the last two months."

Speculation has been mounting about Kerr's future as Republic boss, although he is known to want to carry on.

"I have done this job with a passion and intensity which people who know me will understand," Kerr added.

"I am disappointed the campaign did not come to a better end, but that is football - you do not always get what you want.

"If you look at the top four teams in the group, in the 12 matches between them 11 were draws. That is how close it was.

"The moment of magic by Henry against us gave France the edge."

The Republic needed to beat Switzerland at Lansdowne Road on Wednesday to claim second place in Group Four behind France, who clinched top spot with a 4-0 win over Cyprus.

But even though the goalless draw ended Ireland's World Cup hopes for another four years, Kerr was keen to focus on the positives of the campaign.

"There's a lot of potential within the squad," he said.

"I've brought in some new, young players. We've added to the team and there are options. There has been an improvement in some areas."


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