Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni could walk out on Ireland ahead of the European Championship finals, even if he guides his side to the finals next summer.
The 73-year-old has thrown the gaunlet to the FAI ahead of next month’s crucial two legged play off against Estonia by making it clear that he wants to sort his contract out before next month’s play-offs.
Speaking through his interprter Trap said “We can qualify and go to the tournament when the contract automatically extends and we do the tournament.
“Or we can qualify and say, ok if there is no extension then our job is done.”
“After we achieve qualification, we can also say our jobs is done, thank you very much. This is not arrogant.
“Our job is not finished. There are two or three young players we want to work with, if we have the opportunity to continue for another campaign.”
Trap also had a word of warning for Irish supporters who expect an easy time against Estonia “Luck has nothing to do with drawing Estonia, we have a tough job ahead of us and we will take nothing for granted,” claimed Trapattoni.
“I have already spoken to my colleague, the Italian manager Cesare Prandelli. He has told me that they are a formidable team.
“Statistics from the qualifiers will count for nothing in this play-off. This will be a battle between two teams who have every right to be there.
“These matches will be like Cup finals and anything can happen. The small advantage we do have is that the second leg is at home.”