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Sunday 19 November 2017

Tardelli eager to take over Ireland job when Trap steps down

Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

MARCO Tardelli has confirmed his ambition to take over as manager of Ireland when Giovanni Trapattoni's tenure in the hot seat draws to a close.

The Irish assistant manager is keen to continue working with the FAI after the current European Championship qualifying campaign, with Trapattoni already having stated his intent to stay on for the attempts to make the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

However, Tardelli has stressed that he would one day like to assume the hot seat, even if it would mean waiting around until the next European Championships.

"When and if Giovanni decides to stop, I would be very proud to be able to stay here," said the former World Cup-winning player, speaking on a promotional visit to Dublin yesterday.

Right now, the decision on Trapattoni and Tardelli's immediate future is out of their hands.

Their contracts expire when Ireland's interest in the 2012 Euro finals in Poland and Ukraine ends, and there doesn't look like being any substantive discussions about an extension until later this year.

The FAI are likely to wait and see how the rest of the Euro campaign plays out before committing to a longer-term arrangement.

While the duo were recruited to secure qualification for a major tournament, Tardelli feels that they should be judged on more than results.

"I think our work is very good," he said. "We find many young players for the future. We have to evaluate the work that's been done so far, and evaluate on the basis of the project.

"It's true that the results are important, but let's not forget we have gone up 10 points in the world rankings."

Irish Independent

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