Giovanni Trapattoni set for exit

Giovanni Trapattoni has accepted his reign as Republic of Ireland boss will end after the current World Cup campaign.

Last Updated: 09/09/13 at 09:59 Post Comment

Latest Articles

Transfer news: Blackpool sign Manchester United midfielder Joe Rothwell on loan

Post comment

Blackpool boss Lee Clark has signed Manchester United midfielder Joe Rothwell on loan until the end of the season.

Transfer news: Newcastle midfielder Moussa Sissoko happy at the club

Post comment

Newcastle midfielder Moussa Sissoko is happy to stay at the club, despite rumours he is a target for Arsenal.

All Articles

Giovanni Trapattoni: Set to leave Republ

Giovanni Trapattoni: Set to leave Republ

Giovanni Trapattoni has accepted his reign as Republic of Ireland boss will end after the current World Cup campaign - regardless of whether they qualify or not.

Both the 74-year-old Italian and his assistant Marco Tardelli have spoken in recent days of an extended stay despite calls for them to go in the wake of Friday's 2-1 home defeat by Sweden, which left their qualification hopes in tatters.

Even close ally Liam Brady admitted Trapattoni's days were numbered in his role as a television pundit as the implications of a disastrous result were discussed.

Brady said: "The manager has to pay the price. He knows that. He knows his fate."

Trapattoni, as he has done so often in the past when criticism has been levelled at him, pointed to his record for justification, but now admits he would not expect to continue beyond his current contract, which expires in June.

He said: "I don't expect, after this campaign, to go again [with Ireland] in the future. Sure, no.

"Over five years, I think we have achieved a good result. We have changed the team, we have improved the ranking, we have moved on players and discovered many others.

"In France, the first time [in the World Cup play-off], you know we deserved to go through; then we achieved qualification [for Euro 2012]; now maybe the third position could be also a good result for us.

"Obviously, I thought until Saturday we could qualify and if we did achieve that result, then after Brazil, sure, I don't think about continuing."

However asked if he would resign, Trapattoni said: "Me? No. I can continue and help the next [manager] because in this short time, maybe this player or another can show the next manager where he can place his trust and how to develop him."

Former Sunderland boss Martin O'Neill has already been installed as the bookmakers' favourite to succeed Trapattoni, although he was asked if his assistant Tardelli could do the job.

He replied: "Yes, but it depends on if he wishes to do it or not. It is not a question for me."

Earlier Tardelli backed Trapattoni to continue.

Asked if he was angered by the criticism which has come the manager's way, Tardelli said: "I played for many years and I have been a coach for many years and for me, everything now is nothing because I know our job, I know your job.

"You need to ask very hard questions for the newspapers and for the TV. It's normal, it's life. No problem.

"We came here nearly six years ago and now, we feel very well also for another two years.

"But I don't know if that will happen or not. The FAI (Football Association of Ireland) know what they will do.

"One year ago, the people who are criticising Giovanni now were very happy with Giovanni.

"Football is so. We haven't a problem because we understand that our job has been very strong. For me, it is very positive."

Tardelli's comments, however, were in stark contrast to the popular reaction to Friday's defeat.

Only victory in Austria on Tuesday night will give them any chance of rescuing their dream and even that may not prove to be enough if Sweden do the same in Kazakhstan.


Sky Bet Free Bet Club: £10 free bet - £5 free every week


Football365 Facebook Fan Page

The Football365 fan page is a great place to meet like minded people, have football related discussions and make new friends.

Footer 365

Capital One Cup: Chelsea reach final as Branislav Ivanovic's extra-time goal sinks Liverpool

Branislav Ivanovic's extra-time goal gave Chelsea a 2-1 aggregate win over Liverpool and a place in the Capital One Cup final.

Three Bears consortium criticise Rangers board over Mike Ashley loan

The Three Bears consortium have criticised Rangers' decision to shun their offer in favour of Sports Direct's £10m loan.

Transfer news: Newcastle midfielder Moussa Sissoko happy at the club

Newcastle midfielder Moussa Sissoko is happy to stay at the club, despite rumours he is a target for Arsenal.

Mail Box

The Problem With FA Cup Shocks...

...is that the draw for the next round is pretty shocking. Blackburn v Stoke, anybody? We also have mails on LVG and ManUnited, who drew plenty under Fergie...

You're Man Utd, For Crying Out Loud!

Defending a 0-0 draw with Cambridge on the grounds that other teams lost to lower-league opposition is not befitting of Man United. We're inclined to agree with Mailboxers...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company