O'Neill, Keane and McCarthy linked to Ireland vacancy
Thursday 12 September 2013
Martin O’Neill, Roy Keane and Mick McCarthy are among the names linked with replacing Giovanni Trapattoni as manager of the Republic of Ireland, Sky Sports has reported, after the veteran Italian left the post on Wednesday.
The chief executive of the FAI, John Delaney, has revealed that the trio are under consideration for the job even at this early stage, and added two other names into the mix. “I think names like Mick, Brian McDermott, Chris Hughton, Roy Keane all come into the pot - Martin O'Neill, of course,” Delany said.
“I wouldn't want to comment on any individual chances. Mick has done a very good job for Ireland and in England as well. We will look at the job description over the next week.”
McCarthy previously managed Ireland between 1996 and 2002, taking the nation to the 2002 World Cup. But the team’s preparations were hampered after a bust-up between McCarthy and Keane, with the former Manchester United midfielder also a candidate after spells in charge at Sunderland and Ipswich, McCarthy’s current club.
McDermott is currently manager of Leeds but has Irish parents, while Hughton, the Norwich manager, is a former Ireland international, winning over 50 caps for the country between 1979 and 1991.
O’Neill, meanwhile, is out of work after leaving Sunderland, having previously led Aston Villa and Celtic. A former midfielder, O’Neill won 64 caps for Northern Ireland during his playing days.
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