Dundalk manager Stephen Kenny is being backed by Betfair punters to replace Martin O'Neill as Republic of Ireland manager after the FAI confirmed the departure of the former Leicester and Aston Villa boss this morning. Dan Thomas looks at the early market...
"The 47-year-old has guided Dundalk to three league title victories and three FAI Cups, including two doubles, since joining exactly six years ago and, in 2016, he club became the first Irish side to reach the play-off round of the UEFA Champions League."
Carlos Queiroz has been backed in from 100/1 to 10/1 to take the role after reports suggested the former Manchester United assistant would be keen on talking to the FAI after stepping down as Iran Coach in January.
Carlos Queiroz is interested in the Irish jobhttps://t.co/0oheR6y8WW? Miguel Delaney (@MiguelDelaney) November 21, 2018
O'Neill and his coaching team, including Roy Keane, were relieved of their duties after the Republic failed to win a competitive match in 2018 and were relegated from Uefa Nations League Group B4.
Former Ireland manager Mick McCarthy was the early favourite to replace O'Neill, opening at evens for a return to the hotseat but Kenny has been backed in from 7/2 to 2/1.
The 47-year-old has guided Dundalk to three league title victories and three FAI Cups, including two doubles, since joining exactly six years ago. In 2016, the club became the first Irish side to reach the play-off round of the UEFA Champions League.
Surely there has never been a better time (lower profile players more former loi players coming through) to reward (try) a successful manager from League of Ireland as our international manager? What do we have to lose by going for Stephen Kenny?? Eoin Keenan (@eoinkeenan) November 21, 2018
McCarthy, who managed Ireland between 1996 and 2002, is available for work after leaving Ipswich Town in the summer and has regularly talked of his desire to return to the job.
Next in the market is Sven-Goran Eriksson at 6/1 - although given how the Giovanni Trappatoni reign ended, a big-name appointment seems unlikely.
Sam Allardyce is, inevitably, in the market, available at 14/1 while Harry Redknapp - currently in the jungle appearing on I'm a Celebrity - has been chalked up as a 16/1 shot.