ONeill odds-on to be next Ireland boss
After Republic of Ireland’s consecutive losses to Sweden and Austria their hopes of qualifying for the 2014 World Cup look all but over and manager Giovanni Trapattoni seems set to depart from his role after five years with the country.
Speculation is rife around who will take over from the legendary Italian coach but there is only one man who the bookies believe is truly in the frame and that is former Celtic and Aston Villa boss Martin O’Neill.
The 61-year-old has been out of work since leaving Sunderland earlier this year and is a best price of 10/11 with Irish bookmaker Paddy Power. O’Neill turned out 64 times for Northern Ireland over his playing career but his links with Celtic make him a popular figure south of the border as well.
Other early contenders include the likes of former boss Mick McCarthy, Leeds manager Brian McDermott and ex-Ireland full-back Chris Hughton but at 8/1, 14/1 and 20/1 respectively with Bet Victor they are not considered to really challenge O’Neill for the role.
Trapattoni is still in the job but the FAI released a statement saying that in relation to the manager they, “will now consider the current position over the coming period to discuss the recent results." At 74-years-old it would be something of a surprise if the Italian was given another chance.
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