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We want to stay on - Tardelli

Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni will stay in his job as long as he is wanted, according to his assistant Marco Tardelli.

Trapattoni, 72, flew out to Moscow with his players ahead of their Euro 2012 qualifier against Russia having woken to reports that the Football Association of Ireland were edging towards offering him a contract extension, but on half his current salary as part of plans to reduce expenditure on the management team from 2.5million euros to 1.5m euros.

Tardelli admitted that was news to him, but was relaxed about the whole situation after speaking to FAI chief executive John Delaney earlier this week. He said: "I spoke with John Delaney two or three days ago. He never told me about this. For me, it's speculation. Also two years ago, we took a cut in our contracts."

Asked if it would be a problem to take a pay cut, Tardelli said: "Not too much.

"I don't understand well in English, but John Delaney didn't talk to me about that.

"Many times, we speak with John and the board to decide to continue or not. For us, you know our idea - we want to stay on."

The reports also claimed the retention of Trapattoni and his staff would depend on Ireland at least reaching the play-off stage of the Euro 2012 qualifying campaign, although Tardelli was unaware also of that.

He said: "We don't have any such targets. We spoke with John Delaney two or three days. If the board want me and Giovanni to stay here, it's okay. There's nothing to be discussed at the moment."

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