Former Sunderland and Aston Villa boss Martin O’Neill is the current betting favourite to replace Giovanni Trapattoni as Republic of Ireland manager.
Giovanni Trapattoni wasn’t able to hang onto his ob following back-to-back defeats to Sweden and Austria in the latest round of World Cup qualifying games.
It’s opened up a very tempting and interesting international job for several managers currently in and out of work. The betting market has wasted no time in formulating the favourites for the position.
Here are the top five with Boylesports.
Martin O’Neill – 8/11
The former Celtic, Aston Villa and Sunderland boss will be near the top of that list of candidates for the FAI, primarily for his experience.
The 61-year-old knows how to handle a variety of players from youngsters to the more experienced players and he knows how to build sides over long periods of time.
He’s also out of work which means he should be available to talk to straight away if the FAI want to go after him.
Mick McCarthy – 7/1
McCarthy has held this job before so the FAI know him and he knows how Irish football works.
He may certainly be interested in the job because it would give him a chance to prove doubters wrong who criticised him following his sacking in 2002.
However, he’s under contract with Championship side Ipswich Town and they may not be willing to let their boss go and talk to the governing body of Irish football.
Roy Keane – 12/1
The former Manchester United man has been out of work since he left Ipswich Town in 2011.
He’s contemporarily known for his outbursts and straight down the line analysis for ITV and that’s exactly why the FAI may approach him.
Keane would demand passion, desire and determination from any player who plays under him, which would certainly make him a popular appointment with the fans.
Brian McDermott – 16/1
Leeds United boss Brian McDermott has been linked with the job although it’s difficult to see him leaving his project with Leeds.
He could savour the chance to manage at the top level of football again although he may want to get back there with a club side, which would make it difficult for the FAI to convince Leeds, and him, to agree to talks.
He’s fairly similar to Keane in the respect that he doesn’t beat around the bush and has a very straight down the line way of looking at things which would appeal to the Republic of Ireland.
Chris Hughton – 18/1
Making up the top five favourites for the position is current Norwich City manager Chris Hughton.
Hughton fits the bill as one of the best Irish managers currently working in the game but his contract with Norwich would make any agreement with the FAI difficult.
He has two-years left to run on his current deal with Norwich which means they would be unlikely to let him leave without a hefty amount of compensation coming their way, which may make him too expensive.
Who do you think will take up the role?
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