This entry was posted on Tuesday, October 8th, 2013
Ireland sacked Giovanni Trapattoni after defeats to Austria and Sweden last month left their hopes of making the plane to Brazil 2014 all but mathematically over. Since then, several names have been linked with the post, but the only thing we know for sure is that they’ll be a new manager by Christmas.
The man who has been placed in temporary charge is not a well known name – Noel King, who’s spent time managing and coaching in the Irish leagues, the Irish Women’s team as well as the Irish under 21 side. Realistically, despite being as short as 6/1 to land the job full time, he’d be a massive shock. Even victory over Germany next week would likely not be enough to satisfy the Irish fans.
One outsider linked with post is Dick Advocaat who can be backed at 33/1 with PaddyPower. He has plenty of International experience, including successful spells with Russia and South Korea and has made clear he feels his days of club coaching are behind him. He’s supposedly expressed an interest and will surely be granted an interview.
Mick McCarthy has been heavily linked to the role and Irish bookmakers PaddyPower are just 6/5 that the former Sunderland, Wolves and Millwall manager takes over. He is however trading at 4.1 on Betfair. There’s little doubt big Mick would be tempted by a return to the role he left in November 2002 after a poor start to their Euro 2004 campaign. There is however the reality that getting Ipswich to the Premier League remains a real challenge he may not want to leave having steadied a difficult ship at Portman Road.
It leaves the front-runner as Martin O’Neill – the man who loves a training kit with the number 31 and who left Sunderland last March. He undoubtedly has backers amongst the Irish Football Association’s board and if you can get on at 2.7 on Betfair at the moment, it seems a good bet for a manager that surely deserves a crack at International management. Having nipped out for an Italian we think they’ll want something a bit more familiar on their plate. Back Martin.