Thursday 30 March 2017

Trap thumbs up to pay cut

David Kelly

David Kelly

Ireland coach Giovanni Trapattoni is reportedly set to begin talks with the FAI over a new two-year contract today.

Trapattoni is thought to be ready to accept a 50pc salary cut from his purported €1.8m deal to see the Irish through the qualifying stages of the 2014 World Cup.

The FAI are putting the new contract on the table even though Ireland's Euro 2012 qualification fate is still undecided.

However, an FAI spokesman last night said that "we never comment on speculation" when asked about the story published on the 'Ria Novosti' Russian news website.

FAI chief executive John Delaney had intimated that he would await the outcome of next month's Euro 2012 qualifiers against Andorra and Armenia before addressing the issue.

"It's up to the association to make a decision about whether we keep him," said Delaney earlier this month. "If we think otherwise, there'll be a parting of ways. That's a decision that hasn't been made at board level yet.

"I'm more interested in the Andorra and Armenia games and seeing if we can make the play-offs or win the group."

Trapattoni again intimated after the 0-0 draw in Moscow this month that he had been approached by other unnamed national associations, but he has also previously expressed his desire to help Ireland qualify for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

"I think we deserve the opportunity to stay in charge," he said on his last appearance in Dublin. "We are steadily growing and improving.

"If the FAI need to speak now, we can discuss it. But, in this moment, my attention is only for Armenia and Andorra."

Ireland are currently second in Euro 2012 qualifying Group B on 15 points, two behind leaders Russia and just one point ahead of Armenia and Slovakia in joint third.

Ireland's final games are in Andorra on October 7 and at home to Armenia four days later. Russia travel to Slovakia and then host Andorra.

Trapattoni announces his squad this morning, with James McCarthy slated to return officially to the senior ranks, while Leon Best and Jonathan Walters will remain hopeful that good Premier League form may earn them inclusion in an extended group.

Irish Independent

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