Giovanni Trapattoni in talks over return to management

The former Italy and Republic of Ireland boss is in talks for a new job with teams in Australia, Russia, and Africa rumoured to be interested
Giovanni Trapattoni looks set to return to management following his dismissal as Republic of Ireland boss in September, claiming that fans will see him 'back on the field soon'.

The 74-year-old former Juventus and Italy manager spoke of his employment situation to Tuttosport, indicating that he could be at the helm of a new side in the near future, but dismissed speculation that recently linked him to the vacant position at Galatasaray. "It could’ve been an option, but the truth is I didn’t want to play against Juve," Trapattoni said.

“I won’t hide that I am currently in contact with some interesting people, as the football in Australia and Russia has evolved. I am intrigued by Africa, who still have tactical naiveté. You will see me back on the field soon. There’s always something new on the horizon."

The Italian holds no grudges against the Football Association of Ireland, who parted company with him following defeats to Austria and Sweden. "I left Ireland without controversy, Trapattoni admitted. "We had important results together and had some satisfying moments. It’s true we were unable to achieve qualification to the World Cup, but at the end of the day we said goodbye like civilised people.

"I got to know an exceptional country, humble and also proud. In a nation that doesn’t have its own football League, I think I did a good job."