Saturday 23 November 2019

Trapattoni insists quitting out of question as McCarthy and Redknapp wait in wings

Back me or sack me: Giovanni Trapattoni says he has no intention of walking away from Ireland
Back me or sack me: Giovanni Trapattoni says he has no intention of walking away from Ireland
Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

SHAMELESS Giovanni Trapattoni is prepared to make the FAI pay to get rid of him after confirming he will not quit as Ireland manager -- even if they have lost faith in his ability to do the job.

The 73-year-old cannot understand why his position is up for discussion in the aftermath of last Friday's 6-1 thrashing at the hands of Germany.

That humiliating reverse was the final straw for senior figures in the FAI, however, and they are ready to make a change when the dust settles on tonight's World Cup qualifier with minnows Faroe Islands.

The association have refused to officially comment on the managerial situation.

Trapattoni has a year remaining on his contract and the cost of removing the veteran, his assistant Marco Tardelli and fitness coach Fausto Rossi would exceed €1.7m if they looked for the full value of their deals.

The burden on the FAI would be eased if the Italian resigned, but he made it clear yesterday that he has no intention of walking away, and his stance is unlikely to change if Ireland fail to beat the Faroes.

"Absolutely not," replied Trapattoni, when asked if he expected this to be his last game. "We start the qualifying and we lose one game to Germany. There is no reason."

When it was put to him that the FAI's view might be different, he acknowledged that they would have the final say. But the most expensive manager in Irish football history disputes the need for a debate on his future.

"They have to decide, not me," he said, adding another "absolutely no" when asked if he would walk away if the association told him they no longer had faith in his ability to bring the team to the 2014 World Cup. "They must say why. I can tell them easily. Do you know that I was missing six or seven players from the Euros? (against Germany)."

Trapattoni insisted that he has not spoken to anyone in the FAI about his future. While six members of the board have made the trip to the Faroes, there is no question of any decisions being made on the manager's future until the full board meet in Dublin over the comng days.

Harry Redknapp would be open to speaking about the job should it become available, while Mick McCarthy is also on the market. The former Irish boss has made no progress with regard to the vacant job at Bolton.

Irish Independent

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