“I did a good job in a nation that doesn’t have its own football league” Trap tells press
Giovanni Trapattoni has told Italian media that he felt he did a good job with Ireland and has revealed he has had no shortage of job offers.
The 74 year old told Tuttosport that he left the Ireland post on good terms despite failing to achieve their objective for the World Cup qualifying campaign.
“I left Ireland without controversy. We had important results together and had some satisfying moments. It’s true we were unable to achieve qualification to the World Cup, but at the end of the day we said goodbye like civilised people,” he said.
Trap was fulsome in his praise of the Irish people, but the domestic league again came in for some barbed comments from the Italian.
“I got to know an exceptional country, humble and also proud. In a nation that doesn’t have its own football League, I think I did a good job.”
Retirement is certainly not part of the agenda and he has revealed that he turned down the Galatasaray job before Roberto Mancini took over as he didn’t want to face his beloved Juventus in the Champions League, but is looking at a number of different options for his next venture.
“I won’t hide that I am currently in contact with some interesting people, as the football in Australia and Russia has evolved. I am intrigued by Africa, who still have tactical naiveté. You will see me back on the field soon. There’s always something new on the horizon,” he concluded.