Wednesday 22 November 2017

Trapattoni close to four-year Morocco deal

Giovanni Trapattoni
Giovanni Trapattoni

Giovanni Trapattoni is reported to be very close to a return to football as manager of Morocco.

According to Italian media, the 75-year-old former Ireland boss flew to Casablanca on Monday for discussions about a four-year contract.

'Corriere dello Sport' reported that Trapattoni is leaning towards the Moroccan option rather than an alternative opportunity to take over Ivory Coast after the World Cup finals.

Marco Tardelli, who is still based in London, is likely to become Trap's No 2 in whichever job the takes.

Morocco are the host nation for the 2015 African Cup of Nations so Trapattoni's immediate task would be to prepare for a major tournament. The proposed length of the contract would also take in the 2017 tournament and qualifying for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Trapattoni has been out of work since parting company with the FAI last September. He made it clear then that he had no intention of retiring and was keen to continue working in the international sphere.

Morocco, who are 76th in the FIFA world rankings, parted company with native manager Rachid Taoussi last year. Their most high-profile players are Crystal Palace striker Marouane Chamakh and QPR's Adel Taarabt.

Meanwhile, Keith Long has been formally announced as the new manager of Athlone Town after they parted company with Mick Cooke following a disastrous start to the season which has seen them lose 10 league games in a row.

The 40-year-old was present at their Leinster Senior Cup clash with St Patrick's Athletic on Monday and will take charge for Friday's league encounter with his former club Bray Wanderers.

Long, who was part of Pat Devlin's regime at Bray, will be assisted by Eddie Wallace.

Irish Independent

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