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Trapattoni suffers Morocco U-turn

It now seems that former Republic of Ireland boss Giovanni Trapattoni will not be appointed the next manager of Morocco in a surprise change of heart.

Italian press reports suggest that Morocco's Football Federation has snubbed Giovanni Trapattoni in its search for a new national team manager.

The 75-year-old had looked almost certain to be given the job as he flew into Casablanca for talks earlier in the week.

However, Sportmediaset is reporting today that Ansa news agency has confirmed Morocco have instead chosen Ezzaiki Badou, known as 'Zaki', who previously coached the national team between 2002 and 2005.

A two-year contract with the option for two more years had apparently been drawn up for Trapattoni and he was set to be unveiled but he asked for more time to consider and the offer was withdrawn.

The Moroccan Football Federation also spoke to Dutch tactician Dick Advocaat, but now seems to have opted for a homegrown solution.

Talented former goalkeeper Zaki is something of a celebrity in Morocco and a very popular figure who led Morocco to the African Cup of Nations final in 2004.

Trapattoni has been unemployed since leaving the Republic of Ireland post last September, but the latest near miss is a clear sign that he doesn't intend to retire just yet.

One of the most successful club coaches in Serie A history, Trapattoni can be assured that there will be no shortage of offers in the coming season should he wish to return to working in his homeland.

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