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The FAI has confirmed that it has agreed a new deal with Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni.

Chief executive John Delaney has confirmed the story which appeared on Irish Central on Sunday.

The Italian will continue with Ireland for another two years and will lead the team into the 2014 World Cup qualifiers.

“On behalf of the FAI Board of Management, we are very happy to agree a contract extension with Giovanni Trapattoni and his team of Marco Tardelli and Fausto Rossi,” said Delaney.

“They have done fantastic work with the squad bringing us to qualification for a major tournament for the first time in 10 years, increasing our world ranking to 21st and introducing many new players for the future.

“Giovanni’s experience, professionalism and achievement in qualifying for Euro 2012 has impressed everyone including the players and the FAI board.

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“The FAI Board of Management are particularly grateful to Denis O’Brien for his continuing contribution which gives the Irish team and supporters the benefit of Giovanni’s services into the next World Cup campaign.”

Trapattoni had revealed he would stay on for another two years at the weekend and will sign his new deal when he arrives into Dublin on Wednesday before flying to Kiev with the FAI delegation for Friday’s Euro 2012 draw.

“I am very happy to continue my job with the FAI,” said Trapattoni on Tuesday, “I have always said that Marco Tardelli and I believe very strongly in the work that we are doing to grow and develop the Irish team.

“It is a huge honour and a privilege to represent the Irish team and we look forward to continuing this important task.”

Benefactor Denis O’Brien, the telecoms billionaire, confirmed he will again assist with the financial package for Trapattoni’s backroom team which it is believed will amount to $7million over the next two years.

“Giovanni Trapattoni has done a tremendous job in bringing Ireland to qualification for the Euros for the first time since 1988,” said O’Brien.

“His professionalism, experience and close working relationship with the players has developed a squad which has grown in self-belief and determination.

“The squad is showing plenty of potential for further improvement during the current campaign. I am delighted to continue my partnership with the FAI, Giovanni Trapattoni and the Irish squad.”

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