Mick McCarthy, Stephen Kenny and Sam Allardyce in the mix to replace Martin O’Neill at Republic of Irelandby Jack Kitson / 21 November 2018, 11:08Tweet
Martin O’Neill, along with his assistant Roy Keane, have resigned from their posts at the Republic of Ireland after five years in the job.
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The decision comes after Ireland’s wretched Nations League campaign, where they finished rock-bottom of Group B4 after failing to win a single one of their four matches against Denmark and Wales, meaning they suffered relegated down to the C group.
In the aftermath of Monday’s goalless stalemate against Denmark, O’Neill revealed that he still had enthusiasm for the job, however the bubble has now burst as he leaves his position with a record of 19 wins, 20 draws and 16 defeats from 55 matches.
A familiar face sits top of the betting, in former Republic of Ireland manager Mick McCarthy, who has been out-of-work since leaving Ipswich Town back in April.
McCarthy oversaw The Green Army for six years between 1996 and 2002, during which he led the country through to the knockout stages of the 2002 World Cup, which remains Ireland’s last appearance at the tournament.
Now, 16 years later, could a remarkable return be on the cards?
Dundalk boss Stephen Kenny is also in the mix for the new vacancy, as are the unemployed duo of Sam Allardyce and Steve Bruce.
Big Sam, 10/1, began his managerial career in Ireland with Limerick back in 1991, although considering he’s managed the England national team - albeit for one game - he may not be the most popular of appointments.
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