After four long months, the Republic of Ireland finally announced a replacement for the sacked Steve Staunton as head coach of the football team. That replacement is Giovanni Trappatoni, a 68 year old Italian whose managed a ridiculously impressive list of teams including AC Milan, Juventus, Bayern Munich, Benfica and Italy. What’s more, he’s won trophies with most of them. This is great news coming off two relatively disastrous campaigns led by Staunton and Brian Kerr in which the FAI decided to go for Irish blood over experience and reputation. Now they finally have a manager with some credentials and even though he’s a little past retirement age and currently managing a team in Austria hardly considered world class, he’s still a beacon of hope for us Irish fans.