Trap Interested In Ivory Coast Gig?
Phoenix FM Sport understands that Giovanni Trapattoni is interested in coaching Nigeria after turning down Ivory Coast.
If comments made by advisors are true it leaves the FAI shellshocked and getting ready for a search for a new manager ahead of the Euro 2012 qualifiers.
With Liam Brady announcing he’s leaving after the prestige friendly with Brazil and Marco Tardelli likely to move with Trap for the african side, it could mean that Alan Kelly would follow his father as a caretaker manager for the Brazil match. The candidates to replace the veteran Italian are thin on the ground and one or two of the possibilities would possibly divide Irish fans. the Steve Staunton experiment was an international farce and there isn’t a queue forming to take the job.
Trapattoni’s advisor Domenico Ricci says the veteran Italian was approached by the Elephants a week ago to lead the side at June’s World Cup.”He refused an offer from Ivory Coast a week ago because they offered him only the World Cup,But also because I think he is more interested in Nigeria than Ivory Coast.He is not tired yet. He has a very young mentality, so he wants to do something and he’s not just interested in the World Cup.”
Nigeria are on the hunt for a coach to lead them at the 2010 World
Cup finals after firing coach Shaibu Amodu a week ago.The 70-year-old
Italian is one of coaches on the Nigerian Football Federation’s list of
Trappatoni is currently in charge of the Republic of Ireland and is contracted to lead them through to the end of the Euro 2012 qualifiers.Earlier this week, a Football Association of Ireland official expressed “confidence” that Trapattoni would stay in the Irish job.
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