Norwich City boss Chris Houghton has quashed rumours linking him with the vacant Republic of Ireland job.

Italian Giovanni Trapattoni departed by mutual consent after the Republic's World Cup qualifier defeat to Austria, the result effectively ending their chances of qualification. 

Several former Ireland international's have been linked with the job, including Houghton. 

According to the Expressthe former Newcastle United coach is happy with the progressive work going on at Carrow Road and is distancing himself from the role. 

"I understand my name has been mentioned along with other previous players for Ireland. It is absolutely just speculation," he said. 

So far, Roy Keane and Mick McCarthy, not the best of friends, are the two main men linked to the job. McCarthy is the current manager of Ipswich Town but Keane is only doing punditry at the moment, suggesting he might be favourite for the post.

This would suit Houghton, who is in his second season with the Canaries. 

"I am manager of Norwich, I am extremely happy here. We spent and invested more this summer than we ever have done," he added. 

Norwich spent over £26.5million over the summer transfer window and Houghton knows there is real potential in the squad. 

"I have had support from the board here. I have a group of supporters who are fanatical and want this team to do well and I have the same challenges here as the supporters and the players have. I am incredibly happy here," he concluded. 

Norwich travel to White Hart Lane on Saturday to face Spurs. 

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