Trap looks to the future after new deal agreed
GIOVANNI Trapattoni will be in Dublin this week to formalise his €3m reward for securing Euro 2012 qualification.
The Italian has agreed a two-year contract extension which confirms that he will be in charge for the duration of the World Cup 2014 campaign.
While the 72-year-old has taken his third pay cut in four years, he will still be in the upper echelons of the international football pay scale with his revised package in the region of €1.5m per year.
Assistant Marco Tardelli and Fausto Rossi are staying on as part of the deal, with businessman Denis O'Brien again stumping up 50pc of the package.
"I will be staying. It is agreed, but it is not signed yet," said Trapattoni.
"Everything is going forward and I am happy with this.
"We are very proud of the job we are doing with Ireland.
"It was our duty to achieve these objectives and we managed to achieve what we were asked to do when we came here."
Trapattoni will be in Ireland this week to meet with the FAI officials before travelling to Kiev for Friday's draw ahead of next summer's finals in Poland and Ukraine.
He says that he wants to avoid England and Germany, although he is set to encounter them in the next 12 months either way, with a friendly likely to be organised against the former if they are kept apart in the finals and the latter visiting Dublin for a World Cup qualifier next October.
Trapattoni can now start to plan with certainty for both the short and long term, with the questions surrounding his future effectively answered.
WHAT'S THE COST OF MAINTAINING
THE ITALIAN REGIME?
The two-year extension for Trapattoni is worth €3m and it's believed that the cost of maintaining both Tardelli and Rossi will bring that figure close to €5m.
Tardelli, who is based in London, was recruited on a €600,000 a year contract and Trapattoni was keen to ensure that his No 2 was well looked after.
Tardelli is a potential successor to the current gaffer.
WHO PAYS FOR IT?
Businessman Denis O'Brien has agreed to continue paying 50pc of the management team's salary. The FAI would be unable to afford the Trapattoni/Tardelli combination without O'Brien's support. He came on board with an offer during the lengthy process of recruiting a successor to Steve Staunton.
WOULD TRAP HAVE GOT DEAL WITHOUT EURO 2012 QUALIFICATION?
There were suggestions that the FAI board were happy to keep Trapattoni on once they made the play-offs, but he has subsequently conceded that a loss to Estonia would have had grave implications for his future.
Furthermore -- even with O'Brien's support -- the FAI would have struggled to justify a €1.5m salary after two unsuccessful qualifying campaigns; particularly with ongoing cutbacks and job losses in Abbotstown, despite the recent success of the senior side.
Trapattoni would also have been reluctant to take a substantial chop.
While there are a range of views on his tenure within Ireland, there is unanimous praise for his work around the rest of Europe, where they believe he is a miracle worker. In that regard, other offers would have popped up.
IS HE WORTH IT?
Ultimately, by making Poland and Ukraine, he is. Nevertheless, the figures hammer home the importance of eliminating Estonia. By next summer, Trapattoni will have earned over €7m since his appointment as Ireland boss, and the prize for booking Euro 2012 slot is €8m to the FAI plus other endorsements.
The bad luck in Paris was out of his hands really and, in terms of ancillary benefits, he has brought Ireland up the world rankings and up the UEFA co-efficient which will help his replacement if the road to Brazil marks the end of his Irish journey.
WHERE DOES HIS SALARY RANK?
As the panel demonstrates, Trapattoni is rubbing shoulders with the managers of major football nations, and earns more his counterparts in more established places.
Staggeringly, Fabio Capello collects over four times as much for his role with England, a wage that leaves other bosses in the shade.
In an English club football context, Trapattoni's wage would be well down the Premier League list.
For example, much derided Blackburn boss Steve Kean received a pay rise from Venky's this week, which is understood to bring his contract up to €1.7m a year.
Aston Villa appointed Alex McLeish this summer on a deal worth in the region of €2.3m a year and the remuneration grows the higher you move up the table.
Still, when you consider they play over 40 games a year when a typical international year contains around a dozen games, then it's understandable.
Trapattoni has delivered on his side of the bargain but, with his future secure until 2014, and no more games until February 29, the veteran can enjoy a stress-free Christmas.