(CNN) -- Republic of Ireland coach Giovanni Trapattoni will attempt to book a trip to next summer's World Cup finals having secured his own future by signing a new two-year contract to remain in charge.
Trapattoni will remain in charge of Republic of Ireland until 2012 after signing a new contract.
The 70-year-old Italian has agreed a deal with the Football Association of Ireland to remain at the helm until 2012 with his existing deal due to expire next year.
The extension represents a reward for Ireland's performance under his leadership with World Cup qualification a distinct possibility with two games of their Group Eight campaign to play.
Trapattoni told reporters: "I am delighted to continue my job with the FAI.
"This squad has huge potential. Our results demonstrate what self belief and structure can achieve and I am really looking forward to continuing the work we have begun."
Trapattoni has had his critics as he has gone about the business of making his side difficult to beat, but his justification is a qualifying campaign which sees Ireland unbeaten in eight games.
FAI chief executive John Delaney added: "We are very happy to agree a contract extension with Giovanni Trapattoni.
"The players and everyone on the FAI Board of management have been tremendously impressed by the professionalism, dedication and commitment of Giovanni Trapattoni and his team."