Mick McCarthy would be the 'perfect' choice to be the next Republic of Ireland manager, according to Kevin Kilbane.
Kilbane, who earned 110 caps for the Irish during his playing days, believes McCarthy is the man to replace the departed Giovanni Trapattoni.
Ireland's 1-0 defeat to Austria on Tuesday night resulted in the sacking of Trapattoni and Kilbane is in no doubt who he believes should take the helm.
Speaking on BBC Radio 5 Live, Kilbane said: "If you're asking me personally I think Mick McCarthy would be perfect for the job simply because he's had the experience of the job before.
"He's had a lot more club experience under his belt and he's done very well."
Other names have been linked with the job, and although Kilbane was full of praise for two of the other potential candidates, but is certain the man that took Ireland to the 2002 World Cup is the right man for the job.
He added: "Martin O'Neill's been mentioned, I think he'd certainly raise morale within Ireland if he was given the job, and Chris Hughton as well, who's also done a really good job.
"Simply from knowing Mick and knowing how Mick works I think Mick McCarthy would be the one for me."
Kilbane also reflected on the Trapattoni era, suggesting the time was right for the Italian to move on, he said: "It's been coming, it has.
"I think there's a lot of feeling over in Ireland that he's probably been on borrowed time since the Euro's last summer.
"There's been a lot of ill-feeling certainly towards him not going to watch Premier League or Championship games and actually looking at the players he's got to be picking from and he's never done that under his tenure."
During his playing days with the Boys in Green Kilbane set a nation record of 66 competitive appearances for his country along the way to picking up his 110 caps, a figure which leaves him third, behind only Robbie Keane and Shay Given on the list of Ireland's most capped players.
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