Saturday 16 December 2017

Lucky’ Trapattoni happy to wait for new contract talks with FAI

Trapattoni insists he is focused on the short term
Trapattoni insists he is focused on the short term
Kevin Doyle looks on as Valeri Aleksanyan puts the ball into the net for Ireland's first goal

IRELAND manager Giovanni Trapattoni today played down concerns over a new FAI contract.

With the play-offs looming, a discussion will have to take place soon.

The Italian’s contract expires after the play-offs, but Trapattoni insists he is focused on the short term and says talks can wait until the association knows what's in store for next summer.

“When the FAI is happy we can talk. If the FAI want to speak before the play-offs, we can speak before, if they want to speak after, we can speak after. it is not a problem.

And he warned:

“But if they are not happy this might be the last game for me. Not in my life, because I will be involved with other teams but not with the FAI.”

Turning to his preference for play-off opponents, Trapattoni claimed he have none.

He reminded fans that two games against Montenegro in the World Cup 2010 qualifiers ended scoreless.

“One team is the same as the other,” he said.

“In their groups they were all second best. We played Montenegro before and they showed they were a good team with some very important players.

“But we saw last night that Armenia have no famous players really and yet they could also have achieved qualification.”

Asked about the quality of the performance last night, Trapattoni was quick to defend his players.

‘’We lost only one game in the qualifiers, to a good Russian side that qualified. You can criticise our performance but not the results.”

And the luck factor?

“Thank God! Napolean chose his generals because they were lucky not because they were brave. Through my life, I won many cups and championships and I can tell you that luck is good. Maybe the FAI chose me because I am lucky.”

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