Football: Ladbrokes put Trapattoni payout on hold until May; WEEKEND FORMGUIDE.
Byline: By Graham Woods
LADBROKES are standing by their decision not to pay out on Giovanni Trapattoni as the next Ireland manager until the newly-appointed boss takes over officially in May.
The Italian has been unveiled as the replacement for Steve Staunton and most firms have settled bets accordingly.
But Ladbrokes director of sport and football Patrick Jay said that the firm would not pay out while Trapattoni is still under contract as manager of Salzburg.
"There's many a slip between cup and lip," said Jay.
"We realise it's not an ideal situation and we wish it could be otherwise. We generally have a good reputation for settling quickly but this is one occasion when we feel it's right to wait."
But anyone who backed Trapattoni in a Ladbrokes shop in Ireland can claim their money now thanks to VCbet, who have agreed to honour Ladbrokes slips at their shops in Ireland.
The FAI this week announced that Marco Tardelli will be Trapattoni's assistant. Former Ireland midfielder Liam Brady, who played with Tardelli at Juventus, said earlier he was also interested in a possible role within the national team but not at the expense of his job as head of youth development at Arsenal.
Now his backroom staff are in place, the new gaffer has to select a captain for his first game in charge, scheduled to be against Serbia on May 24. Richard Dunne is the odds-on favourite with VC ahead of 7-4 Robbie Keane.
VC spokesman Neal Wilkins said: "Although Robbie Keane was the skipper against Brazil in the recent friendly, we feel that Dunne is more the type of player to assume the mantle of leader on the pitch.
"We see it as essentially a two-horse race, but it's not out of the question that Trapattoni has his own ideas on the issue."
VC - Ireland's first captain under G Trapattoni: 4-6 R Dunne, 7-4 R Keane, 9 S Given, 12 D Duff, K Kilbane, 50 S Ireland, 14 any other player.
Man City's Richard Dunne is favourite to be Trap's skipper
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|Publication:||The Racing Post (London, England)|
|Date:||Feb 16, 2008|
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