Friday 23 March 2018

Trap warns of other offers


The Italian has indicated he is prepared to wait, while again warning that he is open to other offers, asserting that he expects to be working as a manager in the World Cup campaign -- whether it be for Ireland or another nation.

"I don't want to wear John Delaney's shoes and it's important we know our job," he said. "We deserve the confirmation and I feel we can develop the players further and bring in young players.

"I am proud to be here, but this is not my last campaign. If it's here, great. If not, then somewhere else."

Despite a helping hand from the officials on Tuesday, Trapattoni poked fun at the suggestion that luck has been a huge factor in progression to the play-offs while mounting another defence of his credentials.

"There is history," he replied.

"Napoleon chose generals because they were lucky. Not because they were good. I thank God that in my life, I won many leagues and championships.

"Maybe the FAI chose me because I am lucky -- not for my results in the past because I am a lucky manager."

Irish Independent

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