The Dugout - McCarthy: Trap's still the man for Ireland

Former Republic of Ireland manager Mick McCarthy has defended current incumbent Giovanni Trapattoni following criticism of the Italian's reign.

Ireland excelled when reaching the Euro 2012 finals but their experience in Poland was a difficult one as they lost to Croatia, Spain and then Italy.

Their start to World Cup qualifying has been mixed - wins over Kazakhstan and Faroe Islands sandwiching a heavy 6-1 defeat to Germany - and some Ireland fans appear to have lost faith with the vastly experienced manager.

However, McCarthy, who took the Republic of Ireland to within a penalty shoot-out of reaching the 2002 World Cup quarter-finals - says Trapattoni is still the man for the job.

"They've done what they had to do [in World Cup qualifying] - they've won the two games that they should have done," McCarthy told Yahoo!-Eurosport.

"In Giovanni Trapattoni they have a guy who gets results.

"He got them to the European Championship finals. They lost to all the teams in it, it wasn't a great championship, but they had the two finalists in their group and Croatia who are a good team.

"The results he is expected to get, he gets them."

Mick McCarthy was speaking to Yahoo!'s 'The Dugout' through its partnership with the League Managers Association