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Trap's €3 million pay deal

GIOVANNI Trapattoni has signed on the dotted line for another two years and will lead Ireland to Euro 2012 and beyond that to the World Cup finals in Brazil in 2014.

Billionaire businessman Denis O'Brien has again weighed in with significant support for the FAI and will foot his side of the €3 million bill for Trapattoni for the next two years up until July 2014.

"I am very happy to continue my job with the FAI. I have always said that Marco and I believe very strongly in the work that we are doing to grow and develop the Irish team," said Trap.

"It is a huge honour and a privilege to represent the Irish team and we look forward to continuing this important task."

Welcoming the new deal, FAI President Paddy McCaul paid a glowing tribute to Trapattoni.

"The fact that we have gone into the last two campaigns as third seeds and have finished second in both, as well as being seeded for the play-offs in Euro campaign, speaks volumes about his ability."

FAI CEO John Delaney also welcomed the appointment: "On behalf of the FAI Board of Management, we are very happy to agree a contract extension with Giovanni Trapattoni and his team of Marco Tardelli and Fausto Rossi."

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