Ireland v Wales

Uncapped trio offer Ireland hope

February 7, 2011
By Gareth Maher
Giovanni Trapattoni may not be fully aware of it, but his reputation as Republic of Ireland manager is not as immaculate as it was two years ago.

Initially a surprise appointment in 2008 to succeed Steve Staunton, the experienced Italian quickly won over the Irish public (and media) by leading an average Ireland team through their World Cup qualifying group unbeaten.

The 71-year-old would have guided them to last year's World Cup in South Africa if Thierry Henry's ...

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