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Who next for the Ireland hot-seat?

O'Neill is odds on for the job. (©GettyImages)
O'Neill is odds on for the job. (©GettyImages).

After defeats to Sweden and Austria respectively in their World Cup qualifying campaign, the Republic of Ireland are now searching for a new manager after parting ways with Italian Giovanni Trapattoni.

The Green Army will be keen to appoint someone who can build on the wonderful work that Trapattoni has done and the following are the favourites with the SkyBet to become his successor.

Martin O'Neill - 5/6

The former Sunderland and Aston Villa boss is the favourite to take over and is currently out of work. The Northern Irishman could be the solution for the Republic of Ireland after being a successful manager at his previous clubs, most notably when he was at Celtic.

O'Neill guided the Scottish side all the way to the UEFA Cup final in 2003, but lost 3-2 in extra-time to a Porto side managed by a certain man named Jose Mourinho.

Mick McCarthy - 10/1

The Ipswich boss is second in the list of possible managers to take the Republic of Ireland job meaning he could return after an 11-year absence.

McCarthy managed Ireland for six years from 1996-2002 and was able to take the side to the World Cup in South Korea and Japan in 2002.

Roy Keane - 14/1

The former captain of Ireland is also in the running to succeed Trapattoni. Keane featured 67 times for the national side, scoring nine goals in the process.

The former Manchester United man ventured into the world of management when he took over at Sunderland back in 2006 and whilst there, guided the Black Cats to the Premier League.

Brian McDermott - 14/1

The current Leeds manager has also been put on the list of possible replacements and has enjoyed a steady start to the season, with Leeds currently sitting 10th in the Championship.

McDermott took many plaudits in his time managing in the Premiership with Reading and has proven himself to be a very capable manager. 

So, Martin O'Neill currently leads the race to become the new Republic of Ireland manager, but you never know what can happen when it comes to the appointment of national team coaches.

Ireland will have to be absolutely certain on whomever it is they do choose, as the squad is very much in a transitional stage at the moment.

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Martin O’Neill
Roy Keane
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