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Denis O’Brien Says Trapattoni ‘Worth Every Penny’ After Euros

June 21 (Bloomberg) -- Irish billionaire Denis O’Brien said his contribution to Irish soccer manager’s Giovanni Trapattoni’s salary was “probably one of my better investments” even after the team lost all three games in the European Championship this month.

“He was worth every penny,” O’Brien said in an interview with Bloomberg Television due to air today.

O’Brien agreed to provide “generous support” to help pay for Trapattoni’s two-year contract extension, the Football Association of Ireland said last year. The Irish Independent reported Trapattoni’s annual salary to be 1.5 million euro with O’Brien contributing half.

O’Brien also part-financed Trapattoni’s salary when he was first hired in 2008. In the interview, O’Brien said it’s up to the FAI who the manager should be, not him. For Related News and Information: Top Stories:{TOP<GO>}

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Dara Doyle at ddoyle1@bloomberg.net

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