McCarthy becomes favourite for Ireland job
Mick McCarthy has become the bookmakers’ favourite to be the next Republic of Ireland manager after Martin O’Neill had been a strong odds-on contender for the role.
Ipswich manager McCarthy’s odds have come all the way into a best price of EVENS with Sky Bet to return to the job which he left in 2002 after guiding Ireland to the last 16 of the World Cup in Japan and South Korea.
O’Neill had been immediately installed as clear favourite when Giovanni Trapattoni was dismissed last month but his odds have drifted out to a best price of 7/4 with Bet Victor to take up his first post in international football.
This drifting in price may or may not be linked to the former Celtic manager becoming the favourite to be the next Fulham boss as he is now just 2/1 with Bet Victor to replace Martin Jol at Craven Cottage.
It is only McCarthy and O’Neill who appear to be realistic contenders for the Ireland role though with the next in line in terms of betting being the former captain, and McCarthy’s sworn enemy Roy Keane who is a best price of 18/1 with Betfair to be handed the job.