Ireland boss King calm after 'weird' fortnight

King has stepped into the hole left by Giovanni Trapattoni, who was sacked following Ireland's loss to Austria last month, which ensured the Irish were out of contention for an automatic route to next year's World Cup finals.

Ireland are set to play Germany on Friday and Kazakhstan on Tuesday in their final two qualifiers of UEFA's Group C and they must win both, plus see other results go their way, to have any chance of finishing second, which would send them into a two-legged play-off for a spot at Brazil 2014.

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