Robbo fancied for Irish hotseat

DUBLIN: Former Manchester United and England midfielder Bryan Robson has emerged favourite to succeed Mick McCarthy as manager of the Republic of Ireland squad. 

Robson confirmed his interest on Wednesday, a day after the FA of Ireland was handed an undisclosed shortlist of candidates by specially-appointed headhunter, the former Northern Ireland coach Bryan Hamilton. 

FAI officers will take a decision by the end of the month, said spokesman Brendan McKenna. 

“They will look at the candidates on Hamilton’s list and we hope to have someone in place by the end of the month, in time for the friendly against Scotland at Hampden Park on Feb 12.” 

The FAI said that the candidates would be interviewed. 

Robson said: “Everyone knows I’ve an interest in the job but I’m not sure what Bryan Hamilton has done with his list.” 

Other candidates for the Ireland job include former internationals John Aldridge and Frank Stapleton, and former Wimbledon boss Joe Kinnear. 

McCarthy ended his 6½-year reign as Ireland manager in November in a departure widely seen as a reaction to the fallout from the row which led to Roy Keane walking out of the Irish World Cup squad. 

McCarthy was dismayed that sections of the media blamed him for the bust-up. – AFP 

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