Sunday 17 December 2017

FAI enter talks with Trap over new contract

Ruaidhri O'Connor

Ruaidhri O'Connor

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.

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