With Roy Keane's odds of replacing Giovanni Trapattoni as Republic of Ireland boss being cut, can the current pundit follow Gordon Strachan in taking the reins of his nation after a big gap in management?
The odds-on favourite, Martin O'Neill, has kept very quiet about any speculation but support for Keane is spiralling around the footballing world.
Everton midfielder James McCarthy, an Ireland international, said: "It would be great to work under Roy Keane but I'm not sure what's going to happen. It's up to the FAI and I'm sure whoever comes in will do a good job."
Keane is currently third in the running, with the second favourite being Mick McCarthy, by whom Keane was sent home from the 2002 World Cup for a conflict between the two during McCarthy's stint as boss between 1996-2002. Keane has remained fully open to the prospect of managing his country.
Keane was quoted as reportedly stating: “I’d like the opportunity to get back in [managing] and I certainly would not rule out coming back to live in Cork. It has crossed my mind.”
Many feared that O'Neill would not be fairly considered for the job as a Northern Irish manager has never held the Republic of Ireland job, but he was the front-runner due to his management experience and achievement, regardless of nationality. Sir Alex Ferguson has also been branded as 50-1 to become the manager of Ireland, despite his position at Manchester United.
It has been playfully rumoured that McCarthy and Keane may become joint managers, but the tension between the two has really made the running for the Ireland job a tasty fixture on the news.
Few comments have been made by any of the potential candidates, but whoever gets the job has a difficult era to follow, as Trapattoni's 2008 Euro campaign and the controversy over Henry's handball denying Ireland a qualification spot for the 2010 World Cup has ensured the job is never a boring one.
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