Martin O'Neill well backed for Republic of Ireland hot seat

Jack Kitson by Jack Kitson / 12 September 2013, 09:20

Martin O'NeillMartin O'Neill is being well backed to succeed Giovanni Trapattoni and become the new Republic of Ireland manager. Trapattoni left his position by mutual consent on Wednesday following his failure to guide Ireland through to next year’s World Cup. The FAI have now started the hunt for a new boss, with Ulsterman O’Neill the steaming hot bookmakers favourite in the betting.

O'Neill has been out of work since he was sacked by Sunderland towards the end of last season. Although he is keen to get back into management it was thought that his ideal job would come at club level. However, the huge support for him to manage the Green Army means he has become very interested in the vacancy, with Sky Bet pricing the 61-year-old at just 8/15 in the Next Ireland Manager Odds.

Other contenders in the mix include former Ireland manager Mick McCarthy, 15/2, who led his country through to the last-16 of the 2002 World Cup. The 54-year-old is currently in charge of Championship side Ipswich and is believed to be happy in his post. Meanwhile Leeds boss Brian McDermott is an 8/1 shot, while the former Ireland captain Roy Keane is worth considering as an 18/1 outsider.

Ireland are next in action away to Germany on October 11, before hosting Kazakhstan in their final World Cup qualifier four days later.

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