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Leeds United - Brian McDermott now second favourite for Republic of Ireland job

Punters support Martin O'Neill and Leeds United manager Brian McDermott to replace Giovanni Trapattoni as manager of the Republic of Ireland, despite McDermott ruling himself out of the running.

With all eyes on who will replace Giovanni Trapattoni as the next Republic of Ireland manager, Boylesports can report that both Martin O’Neill and Brian McDermott are proving popular with punters.

O’Neill, who is out of management since last year after being sacked by Sunderland, was installed as the 4/6 favourite yesterday to replace Trapattoni, but has now hardened into 4/9.

Current Leeds United manager Brian McDermott is, however, now 5/2 clear second favourite to take up the roll having been punted down from 16/1.

Former Irish manager Mick McCarthy is friendless in the betting, and is now 8/1 from 7/1 to manage Ireland for the second time, whilst former player and captain Roy Keane is on the drift and is now 22/1 from 12/1 to fill the position.

Leon Blanche, Head of Communications at Boylesports said: 'We have seen a surge of money come for (Leeds boss) Brian McDermott to be the next Republic of Ireland manager and he is now 5/2 having been installed at double figures yesterday'.

He added 'Punters believe that currently the race to be next Irish manager is a two horse race with Martin O’Neill and Brian McDermott proving to be our biggest liabilities at present'.

McDermott said earlier today: 'One day I want to manage Republic of Ireland,” said McDermott. “But I’m at a fantastic club. I owe them and the supporters. I’m committed 100 per cent'.

Odds at the time of writing:

Martin O’Neill 4/9

Brian McDermott 5/2

Mick McCarthy 8/1

Roy Keane 22/1

Chris Houghton 25/1

images: © Dagur Brynjólfsson, © Chris Robertshaw

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