FAI Announce Trapattoni Deal

The Football Association of Ireland today (November 29) announced that it has agreed a new contract with Giovanni Trapattoni and Marco Tardelli which will run from July 2012 for the FIFA World Cup 2014 campaign.

Business tycoon Denis O’Brien has also agreed to continue providing his support to the FAI which has enabled the new agreement to be reached with Giovanni Trapattoni.

Announcing the new contract, John Delaney said: “On behalf of the FAI Board of management, we are very happy to agree a contract extension with Giovanni Trapattoni and his team of Marco Tardelli and Fausto Rossi.

“They have done fantastic work with the squad, bringing us to qualification for a major tournament for the first time in ten years, increasing our world ranking to 21st and introducing many new players for the future.

“Giovanni’s experience, professionalism and achievement in qualifying for EURO 2012 has impressed everyone including the players and the FAI Board.

“The FAI Board of Management are particularly grateful to Denis O’Brien for his continuing contribution which gives the Irish team and supporters the benefit of Giovanni’s services into the next World Cup campaign.”

Welcoming the announcement, FAI President, Paddy McCaul said: “I am delighted that we have been able to retain the services of Giovanni Trapattoni. He brings a wealth of experience and a great working relationship with the FAI and the players.

“The fact that we have gone into the last two campaigns as third seeds and have finished second in both, as well as being seeded for the play-offs in EURO campaign, speaks volumes about his ability to deliver.

“I would like to congratulate Giovanni, Marco and Fausto on this renewed appointment and thank Denis O’Brien for his continued generosity.”, he added.

Speaking today, Republic of Ireland manager, Giovanni Trapattoni said he was very happy to continue his job: “I have always said that Marco and I believe very strongly in the work that we are doing to grow and develop the Irish team.

“It is a huge honour and a privilege to represent the Irish team and we look forward to continuing this important task.”

Welcoming the new agreement, Denis O’Brien stated: “Giovanni Trapattoni has done a tremendous job in bringing Ireland to qualification for the Euros for the first time since 1988.

“His professionalism, experience and close working relationship with the players has developed a squad which has grown in self-belief and determination.

“The squad is showing plenty of potential for further improvement during the coming campaign. I am delighted to continue my partnership with the FAI, Giovanni Trapattoni and the Irish squad.”

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