Stapleton keen on becoming Irish manager

LONDON: Former Republic of Ireland striker Frank Stapleton revealed on Monday that he has had talks about becoming the national side’s new manager. 

Former Arsenal and Manchester United striker Stapleton told BBC Radio: “I had an interview with Bryan Hamilton, who is working with the FA of Ireland (FAI). 

“His job is to whittle it down within the next week, I believe, and he will then take his findings back to the FAI. 

“We are all waiting to hear, waiting by the phone.I’m very passionate about the Irish team but maybe the one thing against me is probably that I haven’t managed in the Premiership.” 

The Republic are looking for a successor to Mick McCarthy, who resigned following the team’s defeat by Switzerland in October. 

That defeat followed a stormy World Cup campaign where McCarthy sent home captain Roy Keane before the tournament began after a furious row with the Manchester United midfielder. – AFP 

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