Martin O'Neill set for Republic of Ireland jobby Jack Kitson / 13 September 2013, 09:23Tweet
According to reports Martin O'Neill could be named the new Republic of Ireland manager as early as next week. The former Celtic, Aston Villa and Sunderland boss emerged as the hot favourite for the vacancy following Wednesday's departure of Giovanni Trapattoni and if rumours are to be believed he is set to return to the dugout.
O’Neill is the FAI’s one and only choice for the role and they intend to approach him in the next 48 hours, with the 61-year-old believed to be very interested despite never managing at international level. If appointed his main aim will be leading Ireland through qualifying to Euro 2016 which will be held in France.
In the short-term he will look to restore some pride following disappointing back-to-back defeats to Sweden and Austria, which all but ended Ireland’s chances of qualifying for the 2014 World Cup. Although still mathematically possible there is now less than a slim chance that they will finish runners-up to Germany in Group C. Their final two qualifiers are away to Germany (October 11) and then at home to Kazakhstan four days later.
Stan James now have O'Neill available at just 1/6 in the Next Ireland Manager Market, whereas Ipswich boss Mick McCarthy is next in the running at 10/1 to return to the post he held between 1996 and 2002. Former Ireland captain Roy Keane is a 20/1 shot to come in and really shake things up. Meanwhile Leeds United’s Brian McDermott and Norwich City’s Chris Hughton have distanced themselves from the job.