Tardelli dismisses pay cut talk but pledges to stay
Giovanni Trapattoni is here to stay, according to his assistant Marco Tardelli.
Trapattoni and his squad flew out to Moscow for tomorrow's Euro 2012 qualifier against Russia yesterday reassured by reports that the FAI was planning to offer him a contract extension.
But it came with caveat: the new contract would be for half his current salary.
This would be as part of plans to reduce expenditure on the management FAI team from €2.5m to €1.5m.
But claimed Tardelli: "I spoke with John Delaney two or three days ago. He never told me about this. For me, it's speculation. Also two years ago, we took a cut in our contracts."
Asked if he had a problem with such a cut, Tardelli said: "Not too much. I don't understand well in English, but John Delaney didn't talk to me about that.
"Many times, we speak with John and the board to decide to continue or not.’’
He added: ‘‘For us, you know our idea - we want to stay on."