Martin O’Neill and Brian McDermott in line to replace Gio Trappattoni.
Recently sacked Sunderland boss Martin O’Neill and ex-Reading manager Brian McDermott have been named as front runners to replace Republic of Ireland boss Giovanni Trapattoni according to ESPN.
Sunderland finally put an end to their association with O’Neill after Sunderland’s 1-0 loss to Manchester United.
That result leaves them just one point clear of the relegation zone and he has now been succeeded at the club by former Swindon boss Paolo Di Canio.
Reading parted ways with McDermott a few weeks ago and has since been replaced by former Southampton manager Nigel Adkins.
The club are currently firmly rooted to the relegation zone sitting seven points off safety, albeit with a game in hand.
Trapattoni is currently finding his position at the helm of the Republic of Ireland under scrutiny after a disappointing result against Austria in Tuesday’s World Cup Qualification game.
The Italian manager has come under fire for failing to make any changes to his team as Austria eventually went on to equalise, denting Irish hopes of qualifying for next summer’s World Cup finals tournament in Brazil.
McDermott is likely be favourite should Trapattoni be sacked as he has previously expressed a strong desire to manage the national team on account of his Irish-born parents.