Tardelli interested in succeeding Trapattoni
Republic of Ireland assistant manager Marco Tardelli has stated that he would be interested in taking over the Irish manager’s role when Giovanni Trapattoni retires.
Speaking to journalists yesterday, Ireland’s second-in-command said that he would definitely like to stick with Ireland. “When and if Giovanni decides to stop, I would be very proud to be able to stay here,” said the 56 year old. With Ireland joint-top of Euro 2012 Qualifying Group B, Tardelli is proud of the Italian management team’s accomplishments so far. “Now we are first in the table with Russia and Slovakia. They are good teams and Ireland is a good team. I think our work is very good. We have found many young players for the future. We have to evaluate the work that’s been done so far, and evaluate on the basis of the project. It’s true that the results are important, but let’s not forget we have gone up 10 points in the world rankings.”
Tardelli was also asked about the prospects of some of the Irish players, and singled out Caleb Folan for future inclusion in Irish squads. When asked who could replace injured Wolves striker Kevin Doyle, Tardelli highlighted the progress of the tall MLS forward. “We have a new opportunity to bring in new players. Shane Long, Walters, and maybe Folan. Folan, maybe, because Folan now plays in America, and he’s fit. I saw the match when he scored two goals. We have an opportunity for the players during the Carling Cup. We will try new players in these two games. The players who didn’t play so much. I hope Kevin will be back, for next season, but also for Macedonia. But I’m not sure. We know that Kevin is a good boy who wants to play for the Irish team.”
Manchester United defender John O’Shea missed the last game due to injury, but will return to the Irish line-up for the away tie in Macedonia, as long as he stays fit. “We are very happy if he will be with us,” claimed the World Cup winner. “We have a big problem with Dunne, he is out and we need John O’Shea. I saw the match against Chelsea, where he played very well. We are happy that he will be with us against Macedonia . Now we have a very young defence. We played against Macedonia with Foley, with O’Dea, with Westwood, and we need the man with experience.”
However, Tardelli remained tight-lipped on Shay Given’s return, as the FAI have received no updates on the player’s condition. “I think, I hope for Shay Given’s sake, he will be back. I think Shay, he working very hard to come back with us,” said the Irish assistant.
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