Who will be the next Republic of Ireland manager?

Giovanni Trapattoni has left Republic of Ireland after getting beat 1-0 away to Austria leaving them in fourth place.

Trapattoni has been very successful throughout his career both as a player and a manager but it has seemed for a while now that he should go but he obviously felt that he could still turn it around and qualify for the World Cup in Brazil. He won 26 of his 64 games in charge and did get them to Euro 2012 and even though they did not perform that well it was still a decent achievement getting them to the tournament.

The squad is filled with some good players and they should have possibly done better in this qualifying phase, however one criticism aimed at Trapattoni is that he stuck with the same players for far too long. Defensively their best player by a long way is Seamus Coleman and he has started this season fantastically and the new man coming in needs to make sure he is on the pitch as often as possible. Midfield at this moment in time looking at the last squad is a little weak, they have a lot of players that are good but nothing more like Glenn Whelan. Up front they still are relying on Robbie Keane who they need to find a replacement soon because he is 33 and the MLS isn’t the most competitive.

Martin O’Neill is the favourite to take over and initially I was surprised because he is Northern Irish and he may not enjoy international management. Apart from his time at Sunderland he has mostly been successful and would get the best out of most of the players. He may be looking for a new job right now and if he can’t find a club job that he wants then this job could be perfect for him.

Another surprising name linked with the job early on is Mick McCarthy. He has already had the job once and even though he was successful he did have a few problems, for example his much publicised fall out with Roy Keane before the 2002 World Cup. He had a similar win percentage as Trapattoni as manager of Ireland, winning 29 of his 68 games so would he be the man they are looking for? Plus he probably wants to achieve promotion from the Championship again, this time with Ipswich Town although they haven’t got off to a brilliant start so he may be tempted away.

Third favourite for the position is Brian McDermott, another manager that has just recently been appointed by his club Leeds United so that may make it difficult for Ireland to tempt him away. He has only been in charge for 12 games but has only lost three of those so he definitely does have the ability after a largely successful spell at Reading. I personally do not think he will go for the Ireland job but if they did manage to convince him then I do think he would be a success.

Others linked with the job are Roy Keane, Stuart Pearce and Chris Hughton.

1 thought on “Who will be the next Republic of Ireland manager?

  1. Fair assessment. I wanted rid of Trap before the Euros. The 2012 qualifying campaign was hard work in what was a very ordinary group. It was really only the first leg playoff romp over Estonia that led fans to give Trap the benefit of the doubt.

    While he’ll be remembered as a good man who fans were warm towards, he played turgid football because he believed that was all the players were capable of. There have been some good moments – such as the performances against France and Italy – and he certainly improved us from where we were after Staunton’s tenure.

    But he drove away the crowds but hopefully the FAI will appoint someone to bring them back.

    Martin O’Neill would be a good appointment and I think he would be well suited to international football. At 61, and after a disappointing stint at Sunderland, he may not be considered for a top level job again (or not one at a big enough club for him to bother). The Ireland job seems tailor made for him.

    Chris Hughton and, perhaps, Roy Keane are worthy of consideration too. Keane would be a fascinating appointment but his man-management skills reportedly leave a lot to be desired. He would be somewhat the antithesis of O’Neill.

    McCarthy, I don’t think so. Think he did a good job the first time around and he admirably rebuilt the team after Jack Charlton left him behind an ageing squad. But it would be a risk for him to leave the good job he has now for a position where failure is a lot easier to imagine than success.

    I remember former Irish international Johnny Giles trying hard to get Paul Jewell appointed back in 2007. Not sure that would have worked out any better than Trap.

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