Tuesday 16 January 2018

Tardelli laughs off links with Trap job

Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

MARCO TARDELLI batted off talk of succession yesterday, and joked that Giovanni Trapattoni intends to stay in charge of Ireland for another 10 years.

Liam Brady recently said that Tardelli would be the natural man to step into the hot seat once Trapattoni's contract expires at the end of the Euro 2012 campaign.

However, the Ireland assistant is rarely too serious when it comes to weighty matters in his press briefings, and he brushed off the query.

"Giovanni told me that he will only stop working in 10 years!" he smiled. When asked if he would wait, Tardelli replied, "Yes", before walking away with a grin.

He was speaking after training in Malahide, as Ireland continued their preparations ahead of tomorrow night's meeting with Argentina at the Aviva Stadium.

Richard Dunne and Kevin Doyle sat out training again as a precaution, and Tardelli admitted that the latter's situation is a concern given the dearth of striking options.

Caleb Folan, Shane Long and Leon Best are all unavailable through injury, with Cillian Sheridan set to play for the U-21s tonight and then join up with the senior panel -- Anthony Stokes will also be asked to stick around.

"We won't have many options up front, I know," he said. "We know they will be very tired but we won't be bringing in another striker. Do you know one?" he asked.

Folan has a poor attendance record for internationals since declaring for the Irish cause.

"It's not a sensation," Tardelli added. "It's the reality. But it's the start of the season and the players are working very hard and it's possible he got injured this way."

Irish Independent

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