After Noel King signed off with a victory in his last match while in temporary charge, we look at the 4 main contenders who are in line to replace the likeable Dubliner.
1. Mick McCarthy 1/1
The 54-year-old has admitted in the past that he would like a return to the International Job after guiding Ireland to the World Cup Finals in Korea and Japan in 2002. A lot of water has passed under the bridge since the Saipan affair and McCarthy would now be a popular appointment among the majority of the Irish public. It remains to be seen whether he would leave his job at Ipswich to take up the offer, or whether the FAI would be willing to pay the buy-out clause in his current contract. He’s still the bookies favourite for the job.
2. Martin O'Neill 7/4
Martin O'Neill was the early front runner for the job due to his high standing in British football and the fact he is currently out of work. He worked minor miracles at Leicester, Celtic and Aston Villa. After his move to Sunderland, however, his growing reputation as a fantastic leader and motivator took a bit of a dive when he was sacked in March this year. Without John Robertson, his long-time assistant who suffered a heart attack in August, doubts remain within the walls of Abbotstown on his suitability for the job.
3. Gerard Houllier 12/1
Over the last few weeks, the bookies claim that they have received a flurry of bets on Gerard Houllier as the next man to take the Aviva hot-seat. He will be familiar to cross-channel football fans after his spells with Liverpool and Aston Villa. Frequent health problems resulted in him stepping down from his job at Aston Villa in 2011 though. Since last year, Houllier has been head of Global football for Red Bull. It is hard to see where the backing will come from if he is to succeed Trapattoni.
4. Roy Keane 14/1
If there is one appointment that would divide the country, this is it. While Keane is currently out of managerial work after spells with Sunderland and Ipswich it remains to be seen if he is even considered a creditable candidate by the FAI top brass after the deep wounds that were caused by the Saipan affair.
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