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Trapattoni not for Eagles

Giovanni Trapattoni is expected to remain  as Republic of Ireland manager despite reports linking him with the vacant Nigeria job.

A Football Association of Ireland official expressed “confidence” that Trapattoni would stay in the Irish job.
Trapattoni has been added to the Nigerian Football Federation’s list of preferred candidates for their vacancy.

Nigeria fired coach Shaibu Amodu at the weekend and need a new boss for the 2010 World Cup finals in South Africa.
The 70-year-old Italian is contracted to lead the Irish through to the end of the Euro 2012 qual



BBC Sport understands that word of Trapattoni’s possible link with the Nigerian job filtered through to FAI officials at Sunday’s European Championship draw in Warsaw.

However, The FAI received assurances from the Italian that he was not about to jump ship.
There have been suggestions that the Nigerians might ask if they could secure Trapattoni’s services just for the World Cup finals but this is also being discounted by the FAI.  Trapattoni’s name is believed to be on a list of six other coaches being targeted by Nigeria.

The others are Egypt coach Hassan Shehata, Russia boss Guus Hiddink, Bayern Munich coach Louis Van Gaal, former Senegal boss Bruno Metsu, ex-Ghana coach Ratomir Dujkovic and one-time England caretaker manager Peter Taylor.
The NFF has pledged to reach a decision by the end of February.

Trapattoni’s Republic drew 1-1 with Nigeria in a friendly match at Fulham’s Craven Cottage ground in May 2009.
They missed out on World Cup qualification after a controversial play-off against France in which Thierry Henry’s handball allowed his team to level on the night and progress on aggregate.

Trapattoni is also a former coach of the Italian national team, and enjoyed huge success at club level at Juventus, Inter Milan, Bayern Munich and Benfica.


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