Mick McCarthy
Mick McCarthy

Mick McCarthy has been listed among the early favourites to be appointed as the next manager of the Republic of Ireland senior team.

After Martin O’Neill’s sudden departure today from the role along with an entire backroom staff that includes Roy Keane, McCarthy – who has already served one successful spell as Ireland manager and guided the country to the 2002 World Cup finals –  has been listed as favourite for the role at evens with Betfair.

List of Leading Candidates

Most bookies, however, appear to be viewing League of Ireland manager Stephen Kenny as outright favourite on odds of 8/11.

Kenny has lifted the League of Ireland championship title with Dundalk during four of the last five seasons, and is generally considered one of the best Irish managers of his generation.

Also in the running is Sam Allardyce who served as English manager for one game before having to resign after a mere 67 days into the role due to his involvement in a corruption scandal.

Allardyce has been out of work since May 2018, having left Everton by mutual consent after complaints from the terraces on the style of football he had brought to the club.

The FAI, however, may just see Allardyce’s bread-and-butter style of play as a good fit for a Republic of Ireland team that is currently bereft of real talent, Seamus Coleman aside.

The Irish national team have failed to score in their last four games and, even more worringly, failed to register a single shot on target from open play over the same period. Big Sam is currently priced at 14/1 by both Ladbrokes and William Hill.

Other candidates include previous Bhoys manager Neil Lennon [20/1] and Irish betting website Paddy Power who, somewhat tongue in cheek, have priced themselves at 500-1 for the role.