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Trapattoni to take Ireland reins
Seven-time Serie A winner Giovanni Trapattoni will begin as Ireland coach in June.
Last Modified: 13 Feb 2008 14:08 GMT

Giovanni Trapattoni hopes to win the Austrian title with Salzburg before moving to Ireland [EPA]

Giovanni Trapattoni, seven-time Serie A winner and former Italy coach, will take charge of Ireland's bid to reach the 2010 World Cup finals after confirming he has agreed to succeed Steve Staunton as manager of the Republic's national team.
Trapattoni's appointment ends a 113-day search for a successor to Staunton, who left the post in October after Ireland failed to qualify for the Euro 2008 finals.
The Italian, who is currently in charge of Austrian champions Red Bull Salzburg, confirmed he would leave the club at the end of the season and take over as Ireland boss at the start of June.

"Leaving the title as a farewell present to my Bulls is now my number one aim," the 68-year-old said. 
 
Salzburg confirmed Trapattoni's departure in a statement on its web site.

"Leaving the title as a farewell present to my Bulls is now my number one aim."

Giovanni Trapattoni,
Salzburg manager

"Giovanni Trapattoni has made a decision on his future just before the 2007/2008 Bundesliga resumes after the winter break: The 'Mister' is to take on the job of Irish national team manager after the end of the season - for a two-year contract," the statement read.

Details of Trapattoni's financial package were agreed at a meeting between the coach and a Football Association of Ireland (FAI) delegation led by John Delaney, chief executive, in Milan on Tuesday evening.

The 10-member board of the FAI was due to meet later Wednesday when the appointment was to be officially ratified.

Bringing the backroom

The former Juventus, AC Milan and Inter Milan coach, who has won league titles in four countries (Austria, Germany and Portugal as well as his native Italy) is expected to bring his backroom staff of Claudio Gentile and Fausto Rossi with him into the post.

Ireland legend Liam Brady, who won two Serie A titles under Trapattoni at Juventus and is now in charge of Arsenal's youth development, is also expected to have a role though its precise nature is unclear.

Brady's understanding of the Irish sports mentality, the respect he commands in the Irish game, and being able to speak Italian are considered important given Trapattoni's limited English.

Trappattoni will seek to lead Ireland to their first major finals since the 2002 World Cup in Japan and South Korea.

He was not expected to be present at the rubber-stamping of his appointment in Dublin on Wednesday afternoon.

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