Giovanni Trapattoni’s reward for guiding Ireland to the European Championship finals is a lucrative new contract and a Dublin date with fellow Italian Fabio Capello and England next year.
Football Association of Ireland bosses confirmed after the 4-0 win over Estonia in the first leg of the Euro 2012 play-offs that Trap will be asked to stay as manager for the World Cup qualifying campaign.
He will also be presented with the opportunity to lock horns with Capello when England return to Dublin for the first time since the horrific 1995 riots at Lansdowne Road.
Talks with the English FA are at an advanced stage with the associations set to meet again at the European Championship draw in Kiev next month.
“A friendly with England has been on the agenda for a while and if we don’t draw them for next summer then it could happen sooner rather than later,” speculated FAI chief John Delaney.
“Just trying to get a date has been a bit prickly but there is a real enthusiasm, particularly from the English FA, to make this happen and soon.”
Trapattoni, currently on almost two million Euros a year, will have a new contract in the bag by the time England arrive, 17 years after Combat 18 led riots forced the last game between the two countries to be abandoned.
The FAI had insisted they would only begin negotiations with Trapattoni when the Euro play-off outcome was known.
FAI chief executive John Delaney also all but confirmed that Trapattoni will remain on board.
“Giovanni has made it clear all along that he wants to stay around and we will discuss it with him,” said Delaney.
“He has really taken us forward in major strides and that should be acknowledged. We will get Tuesday out of the way and take it from there but we like working with him and he enjoys working with us.”
Trapattoni, whose salary is paid in part by Irish billionaire Denis O’Brien, now holds all the aces after almost certainly guiding Ireland to a first finals in 10 years and a first European Championship in 23 years.
He too will wait until after Tuesday’s return leg when he expects Ireland to put on a show for the fans at a sold-out Aviva and seal the Euro 2012 deal.
“We talk about it after the game on Tuesday but we want to finish our job with Ireland,” said Trapattoni. “It is a question you must put to the FAI but they know we want to stay.
“We still have work to do against Estonia on Tuesday. We have to respect the opponent and respect the people who paid money for their tickets.
“They wait for a performance now against Estonia in Dublin. The fans wait for our result and we cannot betray them.”
Damien Duff won’t be risked against Estonia on Tuesday night after he was injured in an accidental clash with team-mate Glenn Whelan in the first leg.
Robbie Keane looks set to be rested with Trapattoni confirming on his return to Dublin that fit-again John O’Shea and Kevin Doyle, available after suspension, will both start the second leg match.