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Appointment of Giovanni Trapattoni as Ireland manager is confirmed
Thursday, 14th February 2008

The Football Association of Ireland has appointed Giovanni Trapattoni as manager of the Republic of Ireland senior international team after successfully concluding negotiations with his lawyer in Milan yesterday.

The 68-year-old Italian will take up his post on May 1, 2008, when he has finished his commitments with the Austrian club, Red Bull Salzburg. His first game in charge of Ireland will be the eircom international against Serbia on May 24 at Croke Park.

The President of the Football Association of Ireland, David Blood, said:

“The Board of Management agreed unanimously with the recommendation of the Selection Panel and have appointed Giovanni Trapattoni as the next manager of the Republic of Ireland senior international team.

“His track record is among the most successful in Europe and he is widely acknowledged as one of the most outstanding and successful coaches in the modern game. He has managed at club and international level and has won 10 league titles in four different countries. In addition he has won the European Cup, Cup Winners Cup, UEFA Cup and Super Cup as well as the Intercontinental Cup.

“The Board of Management would like to express their gratitude to the members of our Selection Panel – Don Givens, Ray Houghton and Don Howe – on a job well done. We thank all those who expressed an interest in the position and attended interviews with the Panel.

“We would also like to everybody for their patience during the process and now look forward to the upcoming World Cup qualifying campaign.”

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