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Trapattoni applied for Hannover job, says chairman

Former Turkey international Tayfun Korkut was eventually appointed.

Giovanni Trapattoni stepped down as Ireland boss following the side's failure to qualify for the 2014 World Cup.
Giovanni Trapattoni stepped down as Ireland boss following the side's failure to qualify for the 2014 World Cup.

HANNOVER CHAIRMAN MARTIN Kind has revealed that he turned down an application from Giovanni Trapattoni for the club’s recent managerial vacancy.

Former Turkey international Tayfun Korkut was eventually appointed as Mirko Slomka’s replacement at the HDI-Arena, but Kind conceded he had a long list of applicants for the position.

One of those came from former Bayern Munich and Stuttgart manager Trapattoni, and Kind expressed his honour at receiving an application from the Italian, who most recently coached the Republic of Ireland national team.

“We were offered every day a new coach,” he told Bild. “I now have a giant folder with job applications. My personal highlight was Trapattoni.

“For us, it is almost an honour that he is interested in the club.”

Explaining his reasons behind opting for the inexperienced Korkut, Kind added: “We wanted a coach with a top perspective. I was impressed by his clear career planning primarily. He knows exactly what he wants.”

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