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Manager expects talks with FAI soon

GIOVANNI TRapattoni hopes to open talks with the FAI about a new deal in the next couple of weeks and he believes that there is now "clarity" between the two parties.

However, there is no defintive timetable for talks and Trapattoni is clearly waiting for the FAI to make a move.

“We said we did not want to put any pressure on the FAI but in the future we will talk about this. It was important for us to have clairty,” said Trapattoni.

“We are all responsible people and we were aware that had we failed with qualification things could have gone differently. But now, there is clarity on both sides. It was always clear, we did want to put any pressure on.

“I have said I think we deserve a new agreement, Marco and myself. We are now happy with the squad. We find new players in almost every game.

“We have done what we were asked to do by the FAI and the Irish people.They chose us for this reason and I think we have given the perfect answer with qualification.”

Trapattoni is setting the bar high for next summer and has once again pointed to Euro 2004 winners Greece as his inspiration.

“Why not?” was Trapattoni's immediate response when asked whether Ireland could follow in Greek footsteps and actually win Euro 2012.

“I always say never say never. |We have a good squad, a good mentality and good second options in every position. Could we be the next Greece? Why not,” he asked.”

Trapattoni sought extra support from a long-time friend of Ireland in the build-up to the play-off and he will pay his dues.

“I spoke to St Patrick and I told him that the Irish people need some help with this game,” he said with a smile.

“I believe in this and, yes, I will climb Croagh Patrick as I said I would.”

Assuming that the FAI and Trapattoni can reach agreement on a new deal, Trap will forge ahead with preparations for the finals in Ukraine and Poland and has already targeted some priorities.

“I wanted to put James McCarthy in against Estonia but the result was not certain so I did not want to make changes.

“But we will have a friendly game in February and more before the finals and that will be chance to give him a chance.”