Monday 23 April 2018

Giovanni Trapattoni could be sacked 'within the next week'

Ian Mallon and Daniel McDonnell

REPUBLIC of Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni, pictured, no longer has the full and total support of the FAI and could be sacked within the next week.

A win tomorrow night against the Faroe Islands is unlikely to safeguard the Italian's future in the job, the Irish Independent has learnt.

Despite the potential €1.7m cost of getting rid of him, the FAI is considering dismissing Trapattoni as soon as the team and officials return from our World Cup qualifier in Torshavn.

While the manager's future has not been discussed by board members since Friday's humiliating 6-1 thrashing at the Aviva by Germany, it is expected to be raised within days.

An extraordinary board meeting is likely to be pencilled in before the end of the week, just as soon as the team returns from the Faroe Islands on Wednesday.

A senior FAI source said Trapattoni "would not be sacked between matches" and that it could only happen after tomorrow's game.

"That would not happen in any international set-up," said the well placed source.

"Whatever happens won't happen until after tomorrow night.

"The board hasn't met since Friday night's game, but I know that none of the members have spoken to Trapattoni, either."

The FAI source added: "If he is to go that could all happen within days of the team returning home from the Faroes."

Irish Independent

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