Trapattoni contract talks

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Republic of Ireland boss Giovanni Trapattoni is hoping to open talks over a new contract within weeks.

The 72-year-old believes he, assistant Marco Tardelli and their staff completed the latest phase of their mission when they guided their side into the Euro 2012 finals on Tuesday. The Italian and his staff are part-funded by businessman Denis O’Brien, and have already taken two pay cuts with Ireland’s financial difficulties biting deep.