Monday 23 October 2017

FAI want O'Neill to replace Trapattoni

Keane expresses interest but Derry man favoured as succession race kicks off

Martin O'Neill and Roy Keane have worked together as TV commentators but it is the former Celtic boss who the FAI want to take over as manager
Martin O'Neill and Roy Keane have worked together as TV commentators but it is the former Celtic boss who the FAI want to take over as manager
Giovanni Trapattoni, who left the Irish post on Wednesday by 'mutual consent'
Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

THE FAI want Martin O'Neill to take over from Giovanni Trapattoni, and the 61-year-old remains open-minded about an approach to discuss the role.

The FAI's Board of Management are set to meet next week – possibly as early as Wednesday – to agree on the process to replace Trapattoni, who was let go yesterday morning after shaking hands on a €400,000 compensation package.

O'Neill has still received no approach from the FAI, but the Derry native would be willing to talk about the vacancy. It is anticipated that initial contact will be made over the weekend to ascertain his interest. He is not the only man in the frame – there is support for Mick McCarthy within the corridors of the association, but a clause in his contract allowing him to leave Ipswich for free expired in August.

Roy Keane is interested in the job but unlikely to appeal to the FAI and is unsure whether he could work with them, while Brian McDermott and Chris Hughton are under contract at Leeds and Norwich respectively.

There are no such complications with O'Neill, who has been out of work since leaving Sunderland in March.

FAI chief executive John Delaney has indicated that the new manager will be expected to secure qualification for the expanded 24-team European Championships in 2016 and also stressed the need to attract disenchanted fans back to the Aviva Stadium.

Giovanni Trapattoni holds the Tricolour after a training session. Trapattoni revealed at the news conference earlier that the FAI had offered him a two year contract as the Republic of Ireland manager
Giovanni Trapattoni holds the Tricolour after a training session. Trapattoni revealed at the news conference earlier that the FAI had offered him a two year contract as the Republic of Ireland manager
Trap's first game in charge in May 2008
Giovanni Trappatoni celebrating his 70 birthday.
Republic of Ireland soccer team new coach Giovanni Trapattoni, from Italy, watches the players warm up before a friendly match with local team Portimonense in Portimao, Portugal, Sunday, May 18 2008.
Giovanni Trappatoni Meets President Michael D Higgins
Republic of Ireland manger Giovanni Trapattoni during the International Friendly at Cardiff in August 2013
Giovanni Trapattoni of Ireland checks his watch during the International friendly between Ireland and Greece at the Aviva Stadium on November 14, 2012
FAI chief executive John Delaney celebrates with Republic of Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni after UEFA EURO 2012 Qualifying Play-off 1st leg
Republic of Ireland v Spain - International Friendly...11 June 2013
Republic of Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni and captain Robbie Keane during a press conference ahead of their 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifier Group C game against Austria
Republic of Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni (left) and his assistant Marco Tardelli prior to the 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifying match at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin, Ireland
Trapattoni during a press conference
Trapattoni during the Sweden game last Friday
Trapattoni during squad training
Republic of Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni poses for photographs on mobile phones with children at the end of squad training
Giovanni Trapattoni holds an Irish scarf in his office after a press conference at the Red Bull Salzburg training grounds
Republic of Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni with members of the Defence Forces Parachute Display team, Captain James Cahill, left, and Captain Rory Esler
Trapattoni before the start of the Spain game in New York
Trapattoni alongside England manager Roy Hodgson during the friendly International between England and Republic of Ireland
Trapattoni speaking to the media
Giovanni Trapattoni Celebrates his 74th birthday in March this year
Republic of Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni along with the Republic of Ireland bench and supporters, look on at the end of the first half in Euro 2012
Giovanni Trapattoni last year

"We want an Irish team qualifying for major tournaments, that's what we want, and we want the stadium full. They are simple things that the association wants to deliver and over the next week or so we've got to look at the course and the process as to how we get a manager to achieve both," said Delaney, who was part of the three-man delegation that met Trapattoni and assistant Marco Tardelli in the VIP lounge at Dublin airport on the morning after the defeat in Austria that ended Ireland's World Cup ambitions.

Trapattoni  thanked supporters, players, the FAI board and staff in a statement released through the FAI. Tardelli, who flew to London after the decision, was sanguine about reaching the end of the line. "That's life," he said. "We had nearly six years in the job and it was a great time."

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