Friday, April 1, 2011
Trapattoni considering career in Irish politics
Ireland international Manager Giovanni Trapattoni has revealed he is keen to enter the ‘cut and thrust’ of Irish politics should he be unsuccessful in winning an extension to his current Ireland contract, which ends when the Euro 2012 qualifying campaign finishes later this year.
Trapattoni revealed in a late night viewer phone-in on Italian sports station Rai Sport 2, that a chance meeting with Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin (Pictured above) convinced him of the possibility of ending his working career sitting on the benches in Dáil Éireann, rather than in the Irish dugout.
Speaking last night Trapattoni said "I met Micheál during a charity event in Dublin recently and he explained that it would be a nice little earner for me, and also that there were plenty of hidden little extras in the job, if you knew the right people".
"Who knows, perhaps I could be the Silvio Berlusconi of Irish politics in the near future, we will just have to wait and see".
The FAI will no doubt be surprised at Trapattoni’s revelations about his political ambitions, as he yesterday expressed a desire to remain with the Ireland international set-up for the next World Cup qualifying campaign.