Trapattoni signs new Ireland contract

Republic of Ireland boss Giovanni Trapattoni has signed a new contract with the home nation that will keep him in charge of the team up until the 2014 World Cup.

The Italian coach and his assistants have been rewarded for leading the nation to the Euro 2012 finals in Ukraine and Poland, which was achieved by a playoff victory over Estonia.

“We are very happy to agree a contract extension with Giovanni Trapattoni and his team of Marco Tardelli and Fausto Rossi,” FAI’s chief executive John Delaney told reporters.

“They have done fantastic work with the squad, bringing us to qualification for a major tournament for the first time in 10 years, increasing our world ranking to 21st and introducing many new players for the future.”

The former Juventus boss has made it no secret that he wanted an extension with the national side, and is pleased to have put pen to paper.

“I am very happy to continue my job with the FAI,” Trapattoni said.

“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,” he concluded.

By Gareth McKnight