December 9 2013 Latest news:
Thursday, September 12, 2013
Norwich City manager Chris Hughton is on a list of people to be considered for the vacant Republic of Ireland job, says FAI chief executive John Delaney.
Giovanni Trapattoni’s five-year reign ended with a ‘mutual consent’ agreement after Tuesday night’s defeat to Austria ending Ireland’s chances of qualifying for next summer’s World Cup.
And that has meant Hughton, who earned 53 caps as a defender for the emerald isle and scored one goal during a 12-year stint in the Republic’s senior set-up, has been linked with stepping into the shoes of the veteran Italian.
Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy – who previously enjoyed a successful spell in charge of Ireland – is 6-1 second favourite to replace Trapattoni, with currently out-of-work and former Norwich boss Martin O’Neill odds-on to get the job at 4-5. Hughton is 20/1.
Speaking on Irish radio, Delaney said: “What we’ll do is take stock of the decision that has arisen and over the next week or so we’ll discuss the process for the appointment of the new Irish manager.
“I think names like Mick McCarthy, Brian McDermott, Chris Hughton, Roy Keane, Martin O’Neill, all of those names would come into the pot.
“I wouldn’t want to comment on any individuals about chances.
“I know Mick has done a very good job for Ireland in the past, there’s no doubt about that, and he’s done a very good job in England as well.”
The current Ireland squad includes City stars Wes Hoolahan and Anthony Pilklington.
Delaney added: “I think there’ll be plenty of interest because 24 teams go to the next European Championships, that’s a big change so the chances of qualification are a lot higher.”