Brady expects Trapattoni to be a success

April 9, 2008

Liam Brady believes the Republic of Ireland players will relish working for the man he calls the 'Italian Bill Shankly'.

The Republic legend was in Dublin yesterday along with fellow assistant Marco Tardelli to announce Giovanni Trapattoni's first Ireland squad.

And Brady believes the players who will get called up should be excited to work with the veteran Italian.

'I'm hoping he's in the job for the next six years,' said Brady of the Italian's appointment. 'He's the Italian Bill Shankly. He loves football and gets that over to players, he wants to win, it comes across loud and clear.

'And if we all buy into it - and the players are the main characters - I think we can do very very well.'

Trapattoni has chosen to retain Robbie Keane as captain and will meet with defenders Steve Finnan and Andy O'Brien in a bid to persuade them to come out of international retirement.

Brady and Tardelli announced a 40-man preliminary party which will be whittled down to 28 ahead of the training camp in Portugal in late May, with Trapattoni keen to involve Liverpool full-back Finnan and Bolton centre-back O'Brien in his future plans.

Brady continued: 'I believe the manager is the kind of manager who will get the very best out of the players we have.

'The kind of guy he is, the players will really appreciate him. He's a leader, he loves winning and I can only think that's a great thing for our players to have him as manager.

'From my experience he's a very fair man in that they can see the logic behind his decisions. There will be certain things he will insist upon. In my time I had to get used to eating together and nobody left until the last man has finished. That probably won't change.'

There is more than dinner table etiquette to the veteran Italian though, and Brady believes the devil will be in the detail with Trapattoni.

'I think we will have a coach who will cut his cloth according to who we're playing against,' Brady said of the Italian's tactical approach. 'That's from my experience playing with him.

'It could be more tactical. What we should realise is to get out of this (World Cup qualifying) group we've got to seek every advantage going. Whether it's a set-piece or maintaining our discipline on the field - all those things have to go into a pot for us to qualify.

'I think Trap will get that over to the players and they will appreciate it.

'I think we'll have to be more flexible (tactically) with the new manager but all the players are intelligent enough and able to do that.

'I've worked first hand with the man - albeit in 1980, and that was a time at Juventus when he had big players like Roberto Bettega, Paulo Rossi, Dino Zoff - I saw him create a team spirit among those players. There were no prima donnas, everyone was equal. He had a great knowledge of the game, great tactically - so he ticks all the boxes.

'I'm not exaggerating when I say these players will really enjoy working for him.'

Fellow assistant Tardelli read from a prepared English statement at yesterday's conference ahead of his first private English lesson today.

Speaking with passion and a smile, the Italian World Cup winner expressed his confidence that Ireland could be at World Cup 2010.

'I have seen many players together with Liam during March and I do believe that we stand a chance to qualify for the World Cup because from what I've seen there are players with very good qualities,' Tardelli said.

'The training camp will be important to get to know these players and I'm glad we have a number of matches before the qualifying starts.

'I believe Stephen Ireland will be part of this squad and I like him very much as a player. I saw him play and was very, very impressed.

'Having said that all players are important to us and they need to understand and realise that when they come to play with the national squad it's above all about pride and it's an honour.'