After his team put themselves in a fantastic position to qualify for Euro 2012, Republic of Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni has revealed his desire to remain in the position for many years to come as Ladbrokes indicate all free bets are for Robbie Keane.
A fantastic 4-0 victory over Estonia on Friday evening means that only a dramatic turnaround in Tuesday night’s home leg will prevent Ireland taking part in Euro 2012.
With this in mind, Trapattoni has said that he would be ‘upset’ if he was to leave after next summer’s tournament.
He said: “I would be disappointed and upset if I had to leave.”
“I am sure we can do better and we can repeat our performance in qualification towards the World Cup in Brazil because now we have a strong, young team.”
“When we change these senior players I am sure we have options behind them which are very strong.”
“Our team is a good team. We play good football – maybe we do not have super creative players but we have very good players, modern players, quick players and a balance between defenders and attackers.”
It is clear that the Italian wants to continue the excellent work he is doing with Ireland over the next few years, progressing the team year by year, major tournament by major tournament.
They do need to get the job done against Estonia first though. With a 4-0 lead they are massive favourites of course, but Trapattoni will call for focus to ensure their progression.
Looking at the team news for this one, Stephen Kelly has been ruled out with a groin injury, although a returning John O’Shea is ready to step in at right back.
Damien Duff is also expected to be ready to play despite suffering a rib injury in Estonia, while strike Kevin Doyle is available again after missing the first-leg through suspension.
There will then be a late fitness test for Leon Best as Ireland look to confirm their place in Euro 2012. The action gets underway at 7.45pm on Tuesday evening.