Filed: Tuesday, 5th February 2008
By: Matthew O'Greel
Julien Faubert has claimed in an interview that former Italian manager Giovanni Trapattoni could be on his way to West Ham United.
Trapattoni was linked with the Hammers' vacant 'Director of Football' role last month, although that was dismissed at the time as speculation.
However Faubert - speaking in an interview with RMC - claimed that the 68-year-old could indeed be on his way to East London.
"His arrival is possible, it is up in the air. I donít know if it will happen or not," said Faubert.
"I have a person at the club - he is Italian - who speaks French and helps me with the translation who told me about [it].
"He [Trapattoni] would be a huge boost for our tactics because we have gaps in that area of the game, on the defending and positioning aspects."
Faubert also revealed that he was finally settling into life in England after adjusting to the cultural differences.
"Everything is different here and the league canít be compared to the French one," he said.
"They fight for every ball and the referees donít whistle often. The games are much quicker - they are not focused on tactics at all - and there is no time to rest.
"You arrive at the stadium an hour before the game, contrary to France where you are away with the team in a hotel a night before.
"It shows you if you are a professional or not because you are your own boss. Itís up to you to eat well, to drink enough, and to rest to be ready on D-day."
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11:36AM 5th Feb 2008
''I hope he is right in my view a fantastic choice for director, although maybe we can forgive Julien for implying that little defensive tactical work is done particularly with the good record that we have. The Italian would bring a wealth of experience at the highest level with him.''