With the Irish public growing more and more irate with Giovanni Trapattoni and his stale tactics, a replacement needs to be found.

Here I list several alternatives should the FAI finally decide to agree with the general public and give Trap the boot.

Neil Lennon

Already popular with Irish football fans by virtue of being the manager of Celtic. He has impressed this season with free-flowing, attacking football  and sensible man management which brought the Glasgow giants to the Champions League knockout stages, and back-to-back SPL crowns.

The thought of him departing for the Ireland job would not anger the Celtic faithful too much but the possibility of sectarian violence may be enough to make him think twice about accepting the role.

Martin O'Neill

Another Northern Irishman who has endeared himself to Irish fans due to his exploits with Glasgow Celtic, he has proven himself time and time again performing minor miracles with limited budget and resources (Leicester and Aston Villa).

His determined and down to earth attitude would earn him the respect of both players and fans alike, he has also worked with Irish internationals including James McClean this combined with his no nonsense “tracksuit manager” approach could see him having success with this current crop of Irish talent.

Tony Pulis

His no nonsense approach epitomised by his long ball tactics which have been common place in the Irish teams of recent years, but he has done it with an edge and defiance which would set him apart from the Jack Charlton and Trapattoni eras.

His close working relationship with Irish internationals Jon Walters and Marc Wilson would help him gain respect from the players but the appointment of another foreigner could be met with animosity from the fans.

Roy Keane

A controversial figure at times but he is still without a doubt one of the greatest players to have ever put on the fabled green jersey.

A mixed bag of a managerial career so far, but when it comes to his commitment to the cause, it can never be in doubt, his head is definitely in the right place.

He could be the man who could rid the FAI of corruption and set it on the straight and narrow for once and for all.

His steely man-management style could be perfect to reenergise a squad whose morale and commitment is on the wane.


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