Published Monday, 09 September 2013
O’Neill could be in line to be the Republic’s next manager. (© Getty)
The ex-Sunderland boss has been installed by the bookies as the favourite to replace the veteran Italian after he accepted his reign as Irish boss was coming to an end after the current World Cup campaign - regardless of whether they qualify or not.
The 74-year-old Italian and his assistant Marco Tardelli have spoken in recent days of an extended stay despite calls for them to go in the wake of Friday's 2-1 home defeat by Sweden, which left their qualification hopes in tatters.
Trapattoni, as he has done so often in the past when criticism has been levelled at him, pointed to his record for justification, but now admits he would not expect to continue beyond his current contract, which expires in June.
He said: "I don't expect, after this campaign, to go again [with Ireland] in the future. Sure, no.
"Over five years, I think we have achieved a good result. We have changed the team, we have improved the ranking, we have moved on players and discovered many others.
"In France, the first time [in the World Cup play-off], you know we deserved to go through; then we achieved qualification [for Euro 2012]; now maybe the third position could be also a good result for us.
"Obviously, I thought until Saturday we could qualify and if we did achieve that result, then after Brazil, sure, I don't think about continuing."
Only a victory in Austria on Tuesday night will give the Republic any chance of rescuing their dream and even that may not prove to be enough if Sweden do the same in Kazakhstan.
Asked if he would resign after the campaign, Trapattoni replied: "Me? No. I can continue and help the next [manager] because in this short time, maybe this player or another can show the next manager where he can place his trust and how to develop him."
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