Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk are reported to be set to offer Republic of Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni a €5million-a-year contract.
The FAI have issued a “hands off” statement however as Abbotstown officials want the 72 year-old (who celebrates his birthday on Paddy’s Day) to see Ireland through to the end of the 2014 World Cup qualification campaign at least. An FAI spokesman has said: “Giovanni Trapattoni is committed to remain as Ireland manager for the 2014 World Cup and that has not changed.”
The Star have reported that Dnipro, backed by the very vast pockets of millionaire owner Igor Kolomoyski, want to add a big name to help challenge the duopoly of top Ukranian club sides; Shaktar Donetsk and Dynamo Kyiv.
Whilst Trapatonni’s head will no doubt be turned by such a huge offer (he is currently earning €1.7million per annum as Ireland boss); Il Gaffer is said to want to remain in international management and atone for his only other experience of world football’s greatest event. That was in 2002 when his native Italy were knocked out in the Round of 16 in very dubious circumstances by co-hosts South Korea. The circumstances were so dubious in fact that many – Trap included – cited a conspiracy theory; with Trap’s star man Totti being wrongly sent-off for “diving” and the Azzurri having a perfectly good goal ruled out.
Trapattoni has also stated that managing a team at a World Cup in Brazil would be a “dream come true” for him and, at 75 years-old would probably be a fitting swansong for him. Football is of course a funny old game however and Ireland have a tough Euro 2012 Group. Were the Boys in Green to lose their three Group games, then public opinion could turn against him – particularly when one considers his extremely conservative style of play which already has its many detractors on these shores. For now though, Trapattoni is staying put and there appears to be no possibility of a Capello-esque jumping of ship pre Euro 2012.