Despite the Italian leading Ireland to their first major tournament in ten years, and a first European Championships in two decades, Giovanni Trapattoni looks unlikely to see his side reach the World Cup in Rio in 2014.
While many football fans wearing green will be glad to see the back of Trapattoni along with the rigid systems and negative football associated with the Italian gaffer, the sad reality of the Irish international football scene is highlighted by the list of, or maybe lack of, potential replacements for Trap.
Mick McCarthy seems favourite at the moment but other names are being fired around if the dour Italian does in fact get his P45 in the coming weeks and potentially take the Blackburn Rovers job..
Although McCarthy had great success with Ireland last time around, his club record since is hardly anything to write home about, an abysmal relegation season with Sunderland and more recently being sacked by the Wolves board although some sections would say they acted too soon and maybe Mick could have saved them from relegation.
Following McCarthy is Norwich’s Chris Hughton. Although only recently appointed the Premier League is a fickle beast and if results do not improve soon for the Canaries, he may find himself being shown the exit door at Carrow Road as they may knee jerk as Wolves did last season and make the change early to try and maintain Premiership status.
The same could be almost most definitely be said for Reading’s boss Brian McDermott as he is struggling to kick start Readings first season back in the big time after getting them promoted in an impressive fashion.
Tardelli is also in the frame but if he gets the job, many would feel that the appointment of another expensive Italian would merely be a continuation of Trapattoni’s beliefs and stifling system and I can’t see the Irish faithful being happy with this choice.
David O’Leary has mentioned and may be a cheap option as he is currently out of work and would be desperate for a chance to get back in the game but as was seen with Kenny Dalglish last year, the football clock waits for no-one and serious questions regarding the F.A.I’s ambition would be raised if he was appointed.
Roy Keane is being heavily touted as a replacement for Trap and the Corkman could be interested after a poor time at Ipswich and this could be the job that reignites what looked set to be a promising management career at Sunderland. Questions have to be asked whether he can manage at that level, will his fiery temperament alienate the manager from the squad further and after his very public walkout from the 2002 World Cup squad.
A left field suggestion is former Tottenham boss and England possibility Harry Redknapp who whilst expensive could be the man to bring the belief back to the squad and get the qualification plan back on track just like Big Jack Charlton did many years ago, one concern is Harry may not have the tactical nous to operate at the highest level.
While many football supporters in Ireland and the UK long for a new Ireland manager after that embarrassing 6-1 defeat by the Germans, it is worth examining the potential candidates that could replace him and who actually would want the job before demanding the experienced Trap’s head on a stick.
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