Friday 24 January 2020

Trap snubs Juve stand-in role

Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

GIOVANNI TRAPATTONI has confirmed that Juventus offered him the job as manager until the end of the season but he turned it down because it wouldn't be possible to combine the stand-in role with his Ireland duties.

The 70-year-old declined to adopt the approach taken by his Russian counterpart Guus Hiddink, who was given permission to assume control at Chelsea last season after the departure of Avram Grant.

Trapattoni added that he had also been approached by several other clubs about positions, in addition to advances from a national side -- understood to be Nigeria, although he did not refer to the African nation by name. However, he has promised to rebuff all offers to honour the two-year contract extension until the end of the European Championship qualifying campaign.

"An agent asked me 'what do you do?'" said Trapattoni, with respect to the Juventus position. "They know that I have an agreement with Ireland until the end of the European Championship.

"That is what I answered at the moment because I also have Juventus in my heart. But I said to them, 'No, because I am with Ireland and I cannot divide myself between Ireland and Juventus. At the moment, I am here and I will stay with the Ireland team.'

"It is impossible (to double job) because today there is a job, serious job, important jobs, 101pc jobs. I pass my day with three or four hours watching DVDs. I see many English games for our younger players for the future. For the next 10 years."

FAI chief executive John Delaney said that he wouldn't have sanctioned a temporary return to Juventus for his expensive recruit.

"No, we wouldn't have. He got out of club management and it was one of the reasons he came to us," Delaney said. "That was never an issue."

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