Soccer: Trapattoni eager to keep coaching after Ireland exit
Legendary manager 'won't rule anything out'11 September, 14:08
"I'm leaving Ireland but not soccer," the 74-year-old former Juventus, Inter, Bayern Munich, Benfica, Salzburg and Italy boss told ANSA on the phone after Ireland confirmed 'Trap' was leaving following Tuesday's defeat in Austria that left the Irish with little hope of qualifying for next year's World Cup.
"We parted ways on a consensual basis, with great fair play.
Now I'm looking at other possible jobs, without ruling anything out," said Trapattoni, Serie A's most successful manager.
Trapattoni is one of only four coaches, alongside Ernst Happel, José Mourinho, and Tomislav Ivić, to have won league titles (10) in four different countries. His 1970s and '80s Juventus side dominated Italian soccer, winning seven 'scudetti'. He added another with Inter in 1989 before league titles at Bayern in 1997, Benfica in 2005 and Salzburg in 2007. Alongside Udo Lattek, he is the only coach to have won all three major European club titles In his five years with Ireland, Trapattoni narrowly missed out on qualification for the 2010 World Cup, his side controversially beaten in a play-off by France, but led the Irish to Euro 2012.
'Trap' coached Italy from 2000 to 2004, overseeing unlucky bids for the 2002 World Cup and Euro 2004.