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Last Updated: Wednesday February 13 2008 18:04 GMT

Trapattoni is new Ireland manager

Giovanni Trapattoni

Former Italy coach Giovanni Trapattoni is going to be the next manager of the Republic of Ireland football team.

Trapattoni, 68, currently manages Austrian club Red Bull Salzburg. He'll become the Ireland boss after their season finishes on 1 May.

The Republic have been without a boss since Steve Staunton was sacked after a poor Euro 2008 qualifying campaign.

Trapattoni has said he wants Ireland legend Liam Brady, who coaches young players at Arsenal, to help him out.

Trapattoni said he wants to lead Ireland to the World Cup in 2010 in South Africa.

Steve Staunton
Steve Staunton left his job in October last year
He said: "Ireland are not a second-rate team, they are supposed to be a first-rate team.

"Qualifying for the World Cup in 2010 will be hard, and playing against the Italian team will make me proud, but it should be possible for Ireland to come first."

Trapattoni's trophy haul

In Italy, Trapattoni won six Serie A titles with Juventus and one with Inter Milan.

He also led Bayern Munich, Benfica and Salzburg to league titles and managed Italy from 2000 to 2004.

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