Trapattoni: I'm committed to Ireland
Republic of Ireland coach Giovanni Trapattoni has dismissed reports that he will be appointed as Turkey's new coach later this week.
Claims circulating for several days have suggested the 70-year-old Italian will be unveiled on Friday. However, the man who guided the Irish to within touching distance of this summer's FIFA World Cup™ finals in South Africa before a play-off defeat by France, has reaffirmed his commitment to the Republic.
Trapattoni said: "It's rubbish, there is nothing in it. It is just agents talking. I am totally committed to Ireland."
Trapattoni took over as Ireland boss in May 2008 and signed a new two-year contract in September last year after a hugely encouraging start to his reign.
Under his leadership, the Irish finished second in FIFA World Cup qualifying Group 8 behind reigning champions Italy and took France to extra-time in the second leg of the play-off clash in Paris.