Wednesday 22 November 2017

'If a new manager is available, that's up to the FAI' - Trap

Trapattoni throws down gauntlet as topsy-turvy reign now on its last legs

Manager Giovanni Trapattoni hopes to stay involved in the game even if he loses his job with Ireland
Manager Giovanni Trapattoni hopes to stay involved in the game even if he loses his job with Ireland
Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

GIOVANNI Trapattoni has indicated that he would have no problem if the FAI removed him from his position after tomorrow's showdown in Vienna if they have another manager lined up.

The Italian has admitted that he does not expect to continue as Ireland boss in the likely event that his team miss out on a play-off place, although he stated that he is contracted until next June which means that the FAI would have to open negotiations on paying off the 74-year-old if they chose to dispense with his services immediately.

Trapattoni added that the FAI might have a problem if his replacement was engaged with a club, but prime candidate Martin O'Neill is currently out of work. He also suggested that even if Ireland make it to Brazil, he does not anticipate being retained, even though his assistant Marco Tardelli has offered the opinion that this regime is worth another two years in charge.

"If a new manager is available – that's a problem for the FAI," said Trapattoni. "I don't expect after this campaign to go up again (with Ireland) in the future. Sure, no.

"Obviously, I thought until Friday (the 2-1 defeat at the hands of Sweden) we could also qualify, and if we did achieve that result then, after Brazil, sure, I don't think about continuing."

Trapattoni has ruled out resigning though, which leaves the ball in the FAI's court with financial implications to consider.

The veteran added that he intends to stay in the game and even floated the possibility that an international job could come his way in the next year that might see him wind up in Brazil anyway. He has also offered to speak to his successor about the task at hand.

"I can continue and help also the next manager," he said. "Because in this short time, maybe this player or another can also show the next manager where he can place his trust.

"In my career, I was always available to say, 'be careful of this or this', because they start with limited knowledge. But after that, he must decide if what I say is true or not. You must learn through your own experience."

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