Former Aston Villa boss Martin O'Neill leaves Republic of Ireland role

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What I am very interested in is the job that I am doing here.

A familiar face in former Ireland boss Mick McCarthy was instantly propelled to the top of the next Republic of Ireland manager market, with Dundalk boss Stephen Kenny in hot pursuit.

Asked about the Ireland job this morning, Kenny described managing Ireland as the "greatest honour".

The FAI is hoping to make a swift appointment, with the draw for the Euro 2020 finals due to take place in Dublin on December 2.

An abysmal year saw Ireland crash out of the World Cup at the playoff stages to Denmark and get relegated to tier C of the Uefa Nations League.

"I wouldn't have a problem with Mick coming back", Sunday World columnist Aldridge told us. He played under McCarthy at global level and was named as his captain following the 2002 World Cup. Plus what he achieved at @Official-ITFC was remarkable as on a shoestring budget!

"The Irish fans have been a source of motivation to myself, the team and the whole backroom staff, embodying the passionate Irish spirit, and I thank them for their fervent support of the team", he added.

Ireland recorded a memorable win over Italy at Euro 2016 in one of the highlights of O'Neill's reign
Ireland recorded a memorable win over Italy at Euro 2016 in one of the highlights of O’Neill’s reign

Despite his achievements, O'Neill has endured a miserable run - Ireland have won just one of their nine games in 2018, a victory against the United States in June.

'The first three-quarters of this reign has to be seen as a successful period, ' Andrews said during The Debate on Sky Sports.

"And then you would go into a game and you were thinking to yourself, 'what shape are we going to play?'"

However, Telegraph Sport revealed that the FAI are increasingly anxious he is incapable of getting the best out of the players they have.

Pearse Doherty has called for the establishment of an all-Ireland football team. I speak to him after games.

"You'd have a few players thinking "we'll play this shape", or someone else thinking something else".

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