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Trap nears Ireland switch

Trap nears Ireland switch

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A source at the FAI has confirmed that Giovanni Trapattoni will become Ireland manager once his contract with Austrian club Salzburg has expired at the end of the year.

"The intention is we will have a meeting on Wednesday of the board and management to ratify Trapattoni and it is expected he will be announced officially as the new manager on Thursday night,' a senior Football Association of Ireland (FAI) source who declined to be identified said on Monday.

The source rejected claims Venables would be taking the job: Venables was a very credible candidate but this appointment (of Trapattoni) raises the bar for future appointments of Irish managers and sends a signal the FAI was bold enough and had the money to get a top-class candidate."