Report: Italian Trapattoni close to being Atlas Lions’ new coach

Giovanni Trapattoni reacts during Ireland’s 2014 World Cup qualifying soccer match against Austria. (File photo: Reuters)

Italian football manager Giovanni Trapattoni is expected to be named as Morocco’s new football coach on Friday after holding discussions with the Atlas Lions to finalize details on a four year contract, a sport website reported Thursday.

Forza Italian Football reported that Trapattoni, 75, will be named as the new coach at a press conference on Friday.

The former Juventus, Inter and AC Milan tactician was out of work after ending his tenure as coach for the Republic of Ireland last September.

In March, news reports circulated that Herve Renard, the manager of French FC Sochaux, was expected to coach the Atlas Lions.

Moroccan officials are searching for an experienced coach to replace interim trainer Hassan Benabicha ahead of the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations, which Morocco will host.

Morocco is the 76th in the FIFA world rankings.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:43 - GMT 06:43