Deal done for Trapattoni
Giovanni Trapattoni will sign an extension to his contract in Dublin this week.
Ireland's manager has confirmed that all the details of the new deal, believed to be €5 million for his management team over two years, have been agreed. "We have agreed in principle and everything is going forward but it is not signed," Trapattoni revealed.
He is expected to arrive in Dublin on Wednesday to complete the deal which will extend his contract until 2014 at a slightly reduced salary.
The FAI established last week that Denis O' Brien's support would continue and once they received that assurance, there was no difficulty in negotiating a package, especially as they weren't looking to reduce significantly the salaries of Trapattoni, Marco Tardelli and fitness coach Fausto Rossi.
Trapattoni's salary is understood to have been cut from €1.7m a year to €1.5m with the wages of Tardelli and Rossi taking the deal to €5m overall with O'Brien continuing to contribute 50 per cent of the expense.
Trapattoni has spoken many times of his desire to manage a side at the World Cup in Brazil and while he suggested there were other offers, Ireland always offered him the greatest chance of fulfilling that dream. He will sign the contract on Wednesday before flying to Kiev for Friday's draw.
He says he wants to avoid England or Germany and while many have suggested that Poland or Ukraine are the top seeds to get and avoiding Spain or Holland, Trapattoni doesn't want to play the hosts.
He has been scarred by his experience with Italy in Korea in 2002. "In my experience, politically it's always a little bit tricky. From my past experience, it's psychological, it's always tricky when playing the hosts."
He wants to avoid England, too, because of the emotion of the game. "I would prefer to play them in a friendly. I'm well aware of the history between two nations," he said. "I'm not concerned about direct confrontation with [Fabio] Capello because coaches are always above anything that concerns the two countries, but it's more the atmosphere and the history of the two countries."
Sunday Indo Sport