A leading bookmaker has slashed its odds on Sir Alex Ferguson becoming the next manager of the Republic of Ireland.

Ferguson retired from football at the end of the 2012/13 campaign after 27 successful years in charge of Manchester United.

The Scot won an unprecedented 13 Premier League titles and the Champions League twice before handing over the managerial reigns at Old Trafford to David Moyes.

Despite the fact he declared his intent to enjoy life away away from football, the 71-year-old is now being tipped to fill take charge of the Republic of Ireland national side.

According to the Irish Independent, bookmakers Boylesports have seen a flurry of bets placed on the ex-Manchester United boss to be named as Giovanni Trapattoni's successor.

“We laid some large bets on Sir Alex Ferguson at 66/1 on Friday morning and the cut him into 33/1. The support continued to come and we were forced to cut him again, into 20/1,” said Leon Blanche, of Boylesports.

Former Sunderland and Aston Villa boss Martin O'Neill remains the favourite for the job, while Mick McCarthy is also in the running.

Former Manchester United captain Roy Keane is also in contention, although he is a rank outsider at 18/1.

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