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Who next for Ireland after Trapattoni exit

Who will take the hot seat for Ireland now (©GettyImages)
Who will take the hot seat for Ireland now (©GettyImages).

Who will be the man to take the hot seat 5 years since Giovanni Trapattoni who the Football Association of Ireland declared they had appointed the best manager in Europe according to Independent.ie.

Martin O’Neill

The former Leicester, Celtic, Aston Villa and Sunderland manager is being described as “almost certain” to take over from Trapattoni by Eamon Dunphy.

Although his Sunderland reign ended abruptly last season, he showed with way he nurtured James McClean from a League of Ireland player into an international that he fits the bill for what Ireland want.

The FAI are understood to have approached him in recent weeks to see if he would be interested in the position.O’Neill had a distinguished playing career, with captaining Northern Ireland at the 1982 World Cup the highlight.

Brian McDermott

The current Leeds United boss has long been a friend of the FAI and has history with some key members of the current squad.

McDermott made his managerial reputation with his exploits with Reading helping them to promotion from the Championship to the Premier League in 2012.

The attacking style his teams adopt would appease the Irish soccer public who have been crying out for a more creative approach.

Mick McCarthy 

They say you should “never go back” but McCarthy could be a good fit for Ireland.

During the 2012 World Cup, Ireland played the kind of football we all crave and although the Saipan saga still haunts him, McCarthy has lots of fans in Irish soccer circles.

In recent times, he has taken over at Portman Road and halted a slide at Ipswich Town.

Roy Keane 

Arguably the greatest player to ever play for Ireland but Keane and the FAI have a coloured history.

The Saipan saga in 2002 will always mean that Keane will not enjoy universal support from Irish fans.

Keane was appointed Ipswich Town boss in April 2009 but only lasted 20 months in the job.

Keane also has a history with a few of the existing squad and this could scupper any move for the former Manchester United captain.

Chris Hughton

The former Irish international would be a very popular appointment.

A no-nonsense defender in his playing days, Hughton was an assistant manager with Tottenham Hotspur for over a decade before taking over as caretaker boss with Newcastle United in 2008 when Alan Shearer was sacked.

Hughton kept the Canaries up with an exciting brand of football and has began the current season well with four points from three games.Wes Hoolahan has become a major attacking threat in the Premier League under Hughton.

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