Paraguay are reportedly in talks with former Republic of Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni about taking charge of their national team. The Italian is currently out of work after leaving the Ireland job a few months ago.
It has been reported that the national team is currently dissatisfied with the work done by Victor Genes. He has largely been inconsistent during his spell as the Paraguay manager, which is forcing the nation to take proper steps in order to do well in the next World Cup qualifying campaign. They failed to qualify for the World Cup 2014 despite this competition being held in South America.
Paraguay are no strangers to appoint Italian managers after Cesare Maldini was in charge of them almost a decade ago. Maldini managed to get them to the World Cup 2002. Genes is coming under a lot of pressure especially after a poor World Cup qualifying in which they finished bottom of the group. They could manage only 12 points from the 16 matches. Despite being 74 years old, Trapattoni is thought to have set to his friends and family that he has no intention of retiring from management just yet.
Trapattoni was replaced by former Leicester City manager Martin O’Neill, who has also been accompanied by Robbie Keane. Trapattoni’s time at Ireland has been met with a lot of criticism in recent months after the team failed to qualify for the World Cup, but they did manage to make an appearance at the Euro 2012.
Even then, he failed to win over the supporters since Ireland were knocked out of the tournament after not managing a single victory in the group stages. The embarrassing defeats against the likes of Spain also counted against Trapattoni, as he was finally relieved of his duties a few months ago.