Saturday May 11 2013
Trap: 'Napoli, why not?'

Republic of Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni said he wouldn’t rule out the Napoli job. “Returning to a Serie A side like Napoli – why not?”

The 74-year-old Coach won seven Scudetti between Juventus and Inter, plus League titles in Germany, Austria and Portugal before becoming Ireland manager in 2008.

“I always want to win,” he told Il Mattino newspaper. “Even returning to a Serie A side like Napoli – why not?

“Am I putting myself forward for the job? Everyone knows my motto: never say never in football. I also tell club Presidents: don’t look at my birth certificate, because that doesn’t reflect my real age.”

Il Trap gave his verdict on Antonio Conte and Walter Mazzarri hesitating over their future unless there are guarantees of improved squads.

“They are bluffing. My young colleagues are simply afraid of not being able to repeat their success. It’s a classic tactic, as in August there isn’t a single club that doesn’t want to do better than the previous season. It’s not easy to achieve that...

“The Coaches are only right to want more influence on transfer strategy. Presidents too often work by themselves and when things go wrong they blame the Coach.

“I used to get on a plane and personally visit the house of the player I wanted to sign. Now things are different, as there are too many agents and intermediaries. You run the risk of meeting a player for the first time on the day of his presentation to the media.”