FAI chief executive John Delaney has insisted he is yet to discuss the contract situation with Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni.

Delaney has also revealed he has not spoken with businessman Denis O'Brien who helped fund the Italian's wages when appointed.

Delaney told the Sunday Independent: "I haven't discussed it with Denis and nor should I.

"The position from our side is let's see how we get on and let's see when the qualification process finishes, which it will on Tuesday, that we can take a view on contracts going forward and people's support towards that."

In the meantime, Trapattoni will concentrate simply on the task of cementing the nation's return to the European stage for the first time since 1988, confident that his masterplan is coming to fruition.

He said: "Now our team has a good identity. We can change players, but our identity doesn't change, our attitude doesn't change, nothing changes.

"We are conscious of our strength now."