In a long interview with ‘La Repubblica’ one of Italy’s main newspaper, the ‘old fox’ of Italian coaches, Giovanni Trapattoni (75 year old!) admitted that he misses the coaching job very bad. ‘I miss the pitch and the adrenaline,’ confessed the veteran coach who has won everything at club level with Juventus and coached also the Italian national team in the unlucky 2002 World Cup campaign ended prematurely by corrupted referee Byron Moreno.
He received an offer from Indonesia he has declined due to the long trip required. ‘It’s 14 hours of flight, I am not sure my wife Paola would agree…’. His wife is indeed the main ‘cause’ for Trap not taking a job yet as she constantly reminds him his actual age. ‘But I feel good, I am lucid,’ confessed the old skipper. ‘A lot of people has been after me in the last months: from Finland to Estonia and many clubs.’
A revelation that sheds a shadow on Magnus Pehrsson’s recent confirmation by the Estonian FA at the helm of the national team for other 2 years.
Trapattoni had a first contact with Estonian football in 2011 when he guided Ireland in the European qualifiers play-offs that were played in Tallinn (4-0 for the Irish) and Dublin (1-1).
He became quite popular also among the fans here for his ‘don’t say cat is in the sack’ (check video below), a literal translation of an Italian say (‘non dire gatto se non ce l’hai nel sacco’) to mean don’t jump the gun when doing things which are not achieved yet.
Trapattoni admits to Repubblica that he prefers the national team job to a club one for the possibility to return home more often than not.