IT HAS been a catastrophic seven days for Stephen Kenny and his Irish team.
After suffering losses to Serbia and Luxembourg, many have asked whether Kenny's job as Ireland manager remains safe, but he believes that it is.
He has said that his side will "fight harder", and that World Cup qualification may not be impossible, despite being sat at the bottom of the group.
He said: "It’s not something I’m focusing on. From my point of view, I can’t affect that. It’s not something I’m focusing on at all.
"I have to accept the criticism, to be honest with you, that comes my way and fight harder to do better. That will be my intention.
"We have to do a hell of a lot better than that.
"Well, it's only two games out of eight and there's a lot of football to be played.
"We've given ourselves a lot to do, there's no doubt about that. We're unlikely, of course, to win the group, but we still have to try to work hard to try to put ourselves in contention.
"The three games in September will be very important. There will be nine points to play for, so we've just got to try the maximum in that window."
Our next game is on Tuesday night against Qatar, and will be held in Debrecen in Hungary.