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Last Updated: Saturday, 7 October 2006, 16:34 GMT 17:34 UK
Staunton 'embarrassed' by defeat
Steve Staunton at the post-match press conference on Saturday
Staunton appeared shell-shocked after Saturday's defeat
Republic of Ireland manager Steve Staunton is adamant he will not walk away from the job despite Saturday's humiliation in Cyprus.

The Republic's 5-2 defeat in Nicosia heaped pressure on Staunton who said he felt "embarrassed" by the defeat.

"This job is certainly not beyond me, and I have full faith in myself and in the younger players," said Staunton.

"Defensively, that's the worst performance I have seen by an Ireland side. But I'm not walking away."

Staunton, who has been in the job for just 10 months, appeared shell-shocked at the post-match media conference.

The 37-year-old insists, though, that he is in for the long haul and that he will get it right despite the fact the Republic have now lost their last four matches under his tenure.

"Of course, I'm embarrassed," added Staunton, who had to watch the game from the stands because of a one-game touchline ban.

The players themselves are left wondering just why it was so bad

Steve Staunton

"I wear my heart on my sleeve, and I'm not afraid to say that, while the lads are also embarrassed. We are not hiding behind that fact.

"We had an experienced side out there if you look at the number of caps between them, but sometimes there's nothing you can do about it.

"We worked on things in a professional manner throughout the week, but it just didn't happen on the night.

"The players themselves are left wondering just why it was so bad."

Following the game a number of supporters were calling for Staunton to quit.

We have to pick the lads up because they are down

Steve Staunton

But he responded: "The fans are always going to question you after a defeat like that.

"They just paid good money and I, like them, expect a lot more.

"We now have to pick ourselves up for the game with the Czech Republic on Wednesday and get it right."

The Republic will be without Richard Dunne on Wednesday after his late sending off in Nicosia.

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"We have to pick the lads up because they are down," added Staunton.

When asked whether four days was enough to correct the litany of errors that riddled this performance, Staunton countered: "Well, Northern Ireland did it."

That was a reference to Northern Ireland's victory over Spain in a European Championship qualifying match last month just a few days after they had been embarrassed by Iceland.




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