Martin O'Neill a shock contender for Hull City job

Jack Kitson by Jack Kitson / 19 August 2016, 13:45

Martin O'Neill has become a surprise contender to become the Next Hull City Manager, according to the betting at least, with the Republic of Ireland boss coming in as short as 5/1 with Coral.

Caretaker manager Mike Phelan remains the hot favourite for the post - although he can still be backed at 1/2 (Sky Bet) - and he would be hard to ignore should Hull make it two wins out of two on Saturday when they travel to Swansea.

The Tigers stunned defending champions Leicester on the opening weekend, but still no decision has been made on who Steve Bruce's successor will be, much to the frustration of supporters.

Of course a lot depends on the club's takeover - reportedly by Chinese tycoon Dai Yongge - but the sudden appearance of O'Neill is certainly food for thought.

The former Aston Villa manager has been in charge of the Republic of Ireland for nearly three years, and has since gone on to lead the country through to Euro 2016, and then into the knockout stages where they narrowly lost to hosts France. 

But, whether the 64-year-old is interested in returning to the club dugout is open to debate.

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