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Thursday 19 October 2017

FAI in no rush to decide on Trap's future

Giovanni Trapattoni has already expressed an interest in staying for the 2014 World Cup campaign.
Giovanni Trapattoni has already expressed an interest in staying for the 2014 World Cup campaign.
Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

The FAI are prepared to wait until the end of the European Championship qualifying campaign to decide on Giovanni Trapattoni's future, with John Delaney confident that the Ireland manager will understand if there's no progress on his situation until the autumn.

Trapattoni has already stressed a desire to continue in the Irish hot seat into the World Cup 2014 qualifiers, but FAI chief executive Delaney said the association's board haven't got around to discussing the matter.

The 72-year-old's contract was extended before the end of his first campaign in charge, yet it appears increasingly likely that a verdict on the management team will be delayed until the fate of the Euro 2012 tilt is known.

Former Irish manager Brian Kerr was unhappy to be left dangling by the FAI in what turned out to be his final months in charge, but Delaney is certain that Trapattoni will be comfortable despite a degree of uncertainty about where he stands.

"No, I think Giovanni is a professional and he and Marco (Tardelli) are two professional men. I saw last week that Giovanni is happy to leave it until the end. It's a matter of the association's board to discuss it at the appropriate time," he said.

"These things are built on trust. There is a lot between the management and the association. I'll discuss it with the president and secretary and decide when to put it on the agenda."

When asked if his preference would be for the retention of Trapattoni, Delaney said that his opinion was a personal matter. "That's a decision for the board," he insisted.

Delaney acknowledged that the FAI would be unable to have Trapattoni and Tardelli in situ without the support of businessman Denis O'Brien.

He said that O'Brien would have no input in the identity of the manager beyond the conclusion of this campaign if he opted to continue his association with the FAI. Instead, Delaney said that the board would identify the 'type' of manager they favour.

"Do they want to retain the existing manager or do they want to look afresh? That'll be a decision for the FAI," continued Delaney. "Based on that information, I will then go and have a discussion with Denis O'Brien. That's the logical way to do it."

Irish Independent

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