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John Delaney and Giovanni Trapattoni hold 'constructive' meeting in Dublin

Updated: Friday, 19 Oct 2012 18:37 | Comments

Giovanni Trapattoni's position had been under serious pressure throughout the last week
Giovanni Trapattoni's position had been under serious pressure throughout the last week

The FAI says chief executive John Delaney held a 'constructive' meeting with Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni in Abbotstown this afternoon.

The meeting came following the FAI board of management's decision to reaffirm the manager's position on Wednesday.

In a statment released this afternoon, the FAI said the meeting dealt with some issues that needed to be addressed and that this was done in a “workmanlike and professional manner.”

The statement did not say what those issues that needed to be addressed were.

Following the meeting Trapattoni was quoted as saying: “John and I met today to clarify the thoughts of the board and these were agreed and confirmed by me.

“It was a useful and professional conversation and I thank him for this. During the meeting we discussed a number points that were raised by the board to help us continue to improve our work for the Association.”

Trapattoni headed for the Faroe Islands this week with his job in severe jeopardy after Friday night's 6-1 World Cup qualifying defeat by Germany at the Aviva Stadium.

Despite suggestions that he would be out of work by the end of the week whatever happened in Torshavn, he returned with a 4-1 victory and to a public expression of the FAI's continued support.

However, the issues which provided the fuel for his critics as the pressure mounted - his conservative approach, his tactical inflexibility an his communication with players, to name but three - remain to be addressed.

Whether or not they were on the agenda as he met Delaney will remain private, but the FAI will be looking for evidence of improvement when Ireland return to competitive action against Sweden and Austria in March next year.

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