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New coach Trapattoni steals the Irish thunder

After promising "it will be worth the wait", John Delaney John Adrian Delaney (born June 29, 1956) is an American politician of the Republican Party. He was the mayor of Jacksonville, Florida, serving two consecutive terms from 1995 to 2003. , the chief executive of the Football Association of Ireland, was last night denied the opportunity to reveal that Giovanni Trapattoni Giovanni Trapattoni (born March 17, 1939) is an Italian football coach and former player. He is a former coach of the Italian national team, currently in charge with Austrian club Red Bull Salzburg.  would take over as the national team manager, because the Italian upstaged his future employers and announced that he had accepted the post. Trapattoni's disclosure was in keeping with a farcical far·ci·cal  
1. Of or relating to farce.

a. Resembling a farce; ludicrous.

b. Ridiculously clumsy; absurd.

 recruitment process but his arrival should at least placate pla·cate  
tr.v. pla·cat·ed, pla·cat·ing, pla·cates
To allay the anger of, especially by making concessions; appease. See Synonyms at pacify.
 Irish supporters.

The 68-year-old has a highly impressive CV, which includes six Serie A This article is about the Italian football league. For other uses, see Serie A (disambiguation).

Serie A (officially known as the Serie A TIM
 titles with Juventus, and that would have given Delaney something to boast about at a 5pm press conference in Dublin. The chief executive had been criticised for the way he handled the search for Steve Staunton's successor - eyebrows were raised when it was announced that a three-man panel, chaired by an FAI employee, Don Givens, would be charged with identifying suitable candidates - and he needed a coup. But Trapattoni stole his thunder.

Speaking at the home of his club side, Red Bull Salzburg, the Italian manager indicated he would be replacing Staunton, who was sacked 113 days ago. He confirmed that his lawyers had reached an agreement with the FAI.

Trapattoni, who will take charge of his first match when Serbia visit Croke Park Croke Park (Irish: Páirc an Chrócaigh) in Dublin, Ireland is the largest sports stadium in Ireland and the principal stadium and headquarters of the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA), Ireland's biggest sporting organisation.  on May 24, has signed a two-year contract starting on May 1, the day after his current deal with Salzburg expires. His salary, believed to be in the region of €2m (1.48m), will make him the highest-paid manager in Ireland's history, Delaney revealing that the Irish telecoms billionaire, Denis O'Brien Denis O'Brien, (born April 19 1958 in County Cork), is an Irish entrepreneur. An Arts graduate of University College Dublin, O'Brien received an MBA in corporate finance from Boston College in 1982, he holds an honorary doctorate from University College Dublin. , had agreed to make a donation to enhance the package.

Trapattoni suggested there would be a place on the coaching staff for Liam Brady Liam Brady (born February 13, 1956 in Dublin) is a former Irish football player, who is now a coach and television pundit. He was renowned as a midfielder with elegant technical skills, most notably his left foot, his high-quality passing and close control. , who played under him at Juventus, and he spoke of his confidence before a qualifying campaign which includes two matches with Italy. "Ireland are not a second-rate team, they are supposed to be a first-rate team," he said. "Qualifying for the World Cup in 2010 will be hard, and playing against the Italian team will make me proud, but it should be possible for Ireland to come first."

Those comments will endear en·dear  
tr.v. en·deared, en·dear·ing, en·dears
To make beloved or very sympathetic: a couple whose kindness endeared them to friends.
 him to an Irish public who have become increasingly frustrated with the failure to qualify for a major tournament since the 2002 World Cup. With that in mind and Staunton's disastrous reign hanging over them, the FAI was under pressure to deliver a high-profile appointment. The list of names linked with the post suggested the search had become haphazard but Trapattoni's acceptance will be regarded as a successful conclusion.

"In the last two weeks I received offers from various clubs, and about 10 days ago representatives of the Football Association of Ireland approached me," said Trapattoni, who coached Italy between 2000 and 2004. "I found their offer very interesting. I am very comfortable in Salzburg; we won the Austrian title last year and we have a great chance to win the title again this year. But the opportunity to manage the Irish team will give me a lot more time to spend with my family."

He is expected to appoint the former Italy Under-21 coach Claudio Gentile Claudio Gentile (born 27 September 1953) is an Italian football coach and former player of the 1970s and 1980s. One of the toughest and roughest defenders in the history of the game, Gentile was a key part of both the World Cup winning Italy team of 1982, and the success of  as his assistant, with Brady likely to combine his role with his work as Arsenal's academy director. "I called Liam and asked him for his thoughts on my commitment with the FAI, and when he said it was OK I asked him for assistance if needed," said Trapattoni, who has also managed Internazionale, Bayern Munich and Benfica. "I am positive that Arsène Wenger will lend me Liam's services if I call him."

Finally, Delaney had his word. "Everyone acknowledges that the senior international team has not achieved to the extent everyone has liked in the past five years," he said. "Trapattoni's widely acknowledged as one of the most outstanding and successful coaches in the game."
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