FAI enter talks with Trap over new contract
THE FAI board of management last night gave the green light for discussions to begin on a new contract for Giovanni Trapattoni.
Chief executive John Delaney and chairman Paddy McCaul can now sit down with the Italian to thrash out a two-year extension to his contract to take him through to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil after the 10-man board met to approve the start of negotiations.
Following the play-off win over Estonia, the 72-year-old described an extension of his contract as a "formality," but despite steering Ireland to a first major championships in 10 years Trapattoni is expected to take a significant cut to his €1.7m deal.
The FAI are believed to be in discussions with Denis O'Brien, who currently pays for a half of the manager salary, to see if he will be involved in any new arrangement.
Both parties would like to reach a speedy conclusion and have the new deal in place before next week's Euro 2012 draw.