Republic of Ireland soccer manager Giovanni Trappatoni has signed on for a further two years after reaching an agreement with the FAI.

On signing the contract, Trap said he wants to continue his Irish journey.

“I am delighted to continue my job with the FAI. This squad has huge potential. Our results demonstrate what self belief and structure can achieve and I am really looking forward to continuing the work we have begun,” said Trappatoni, who celebrates his birthday on St.Patrick’s day.

FAI chief executive John Delaney was delight to secure the services of the world-respected Trappatoni for another few years.

“We are very happy to agree a contract extension with Giovanni Trapattoni. The players and everyone on the FAI Board of management have been tremendously impressed by the professionalism, dedication and commitment of Giovanni Trapattoni and his team. We thank Denis O’Brien for his continuing contribution which will guarantee the services of one of the world’s most successful managers, through until 2012.”

The deal will again be co-financed by business mogul Denis O'Brien and the FAI, and O’Brien thinks his investment is paying off.

“When the appointment of Giovanni Trapattoni was announced, we said that hiring the right people would enable us to get the right results. In Giovanni, the team has grown in stature and confidence and I am very happy to renew my partnership with the FAI, Giovanni Trapattoni and the Irish squad for the coming campaign.”

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