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Thursday 16 August 2018

Let us finish the job, urges Irish boss

GIOVANNI Trapattoni has made his strongest pitch yet for a new contract and firmly believes that he is still making progress with Ireland.

GIOVANNI Trapattoni has made his strongest pitch yet for a new contract and firmly believes that he is still making progress with Ireland.

But he accepts that this is not a universally held view and that he has work to do to convince everyone that he is worth another two years.

“When FAI people and the media are convinced that we are doing a good job and that we can grow further we can speak,” he said, but added a rider.

“We deserve to continue, we haven’t finished the job. We need more time. We grow slowly and we have young players who can continue this evolution, but I have not spoken to John Delaney. I want to him to remain serene,” said Trap.

“I would not be disappointed if the FAI does not open talks on a new contract before Andorra.

“I think we have the possibility to improve and grow and I would be proud to continue and finish this job.

“But people ring me,” he said, pausing for effect. “We have time for the federation to discuss this.

Improve

“But they must speak to us and either say we want to carry on or finish.

“Many have rung from places that are at war at the moment, but that is dangerous. Marco says no,” he said, miming a grenade exploding.

“We can improve this team because we have many young players and they wish to learn.

“It’s very important. I should be proud for us to continue and finish this process.”

Trapattoni once again accepted that luck has played a huge part in the fortunate position he finds himself in, but maybe a higher power as well.

“St Patrick looked down on us. I have been to Las Vegas on holiday but I never bet, not on roulette or cards, because I had so much luck in my life, playing football from when I was 14.

“It’s impossible to ask for more by playing roulette so I have never played.

“My friend said ‘Giovanni play the roulette’, but I couldn’t ask St Patrick or God for more luck.”

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