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ESPN FC  By ESPN staff
Sep 9, 2013

Trapattoni prepares for Ireland exit

Giovanni Trapattoni does not expect to continue as Republic of Ireland manager beyond his current contract, even if they qualify for the World Cup in Brazil.

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Giovanni Trapattoni appears to have accepted his time as Ireland boss is coming to an end.

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Trapattoni’s current contract expires in June 2014 and, after the 2-1 home defeat against Sweden left their qualification hopes almost at an end, he does not expect to be offered an extension.

However, the 74-year-old took charge in 2008 and believes he has left a lasting legacy and hopes his successor will be able to continue his good work with the country.

"I don't expect, after this campaign, to go again [with Ireland] in the future," Trapattoni said.

"Over five years, I think we have achieved a good result. We have changed the team, we have improved the ranking, we have moved on players and discovered many others.

"In France, the first time [in the World Cup play-off], you know we deserved to go through; then we achieved qualification [for Euro 2012]; now maybe the third position could be also a good result for us.

"Obviously, I thought until Saturday we could qualify and if we did achieve that result, then after Brazil, sure, I don't think about continuing."

Trapattoni refused to entertain the thought of resigning before the end of his contract, insisting that he is in a position to lay the groundwork for whoever follows him.

Asked if he would consider his future, he said: "Me? No. I can continue and help the next [manager] because in this short time, maybe this player or another can show the next manager where he can place his trust and how to develop him."

Former Sunderland and Aston Villa manager manager Martin O’Neill has already been linked to the role, and Trapattoni’s assistant Marco Tardelli is another potential candidate.

And when asked if his right-hand man is capable of stepping into his shoes, Trapattoni said: "Yes, but it depends on if he wishes to do it or not. It is not a question for me."

Meanwhile, Tardelli has shrugged off criticism of the current regime’s likely failure to qualify for the World Cup.

He said: "You need to ask very hard questions for the newspapers and for the TV. It's normal, it's life. No problem.

"We came here nearly six years ago and now, we feel very well also for another two years. But I don't know if that will happen or not. The FAI (Football Association of Ireland) know what they will do.

"One year ago, the people who are criticising Giovanni now were very happy with Giovanni. Football is so. We haven't a problem because we understand that our job has been very strong. For me, it is very positive."

Information from the Press Association was used in this report.

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