Irish eyes on Leeds' McDermott

Football Association of Ireland chief executive John Delaney has confirmed Leeds boss Brian McDermott is a leading contender to succeed Giovanni Trapattoni as Republic of Ireland manager.

Last Updated: 12/09/13 at 10:13 Post Comment

Brian McDermott: A leading contender for Republic of Ireland job

Brian McDermott: A leading contender for Republic of Ireland job

Trapattoni, 74, and assistant Marco Tardelli ended their five-year tenure in the job on Tuesday morning by mutual consent after the Republic's 1-0 World Cup qualifying defeat in Austria made it virtually impossible for them to reach next summer's finals in Brazil.

Former Reading manager McDermott, 52, whose parents are Irish, publicly stated last year that it was his lifetime's ambition to one day take on the Republic of Ireland job.

He was installed as Leeds boss in April, but only five months after replacing Neil Warnock at Elland Road has emerged as a serious candidate to replace Trapattoni.

In a radio interview, Delaney said: "He is a serious candidate and he is one of the names being mentioned here (on Tuesday) morning.

"I am looking at the names being mentioned and I think it will come down to the three leading the market.

"I am looking at Mick McCarthy and Brian McDermott and I know that both men, having spoken to them over the past couple of years, they would both like to get their hands on this job, not necessarily at this stage.

"I know Brian McDermott, given his heritage with his parents being Irish, and having spoken to him on Irish radio, he would love to manage the Republic of Ireland someday."

McDermott steered Reading to promotion from the Championship in 2012 in his second full season in charge at the Madejski Stadium, but was sacked the following March.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

still can't see the Phil Jones thing that some people go on about. Whenever I watch him play it's a repeat of headless chicken meets a gurning Bambi on ice for 90 minutes.

diabolicaldiaby
F365's Top Ten Defenders Of The Season

P

robably the first list I've come across in a long time where I agree with a large majority of what was written. Can't agree with everything though, Zaba has had an awful season by his standards, I'd put Monreal (a player who I've never rated) up there, gotta give credit where it's due, he's really stepped up his game.

scroteymcbooger
F365's Top Ten Defenders Of The Season

S

ome top analysis here..... UNITED WOULD BE TOP IF IT WEREN'T FOR ALL THEM GAMES THEY LOST

benvo81
United Progress Stifled By Bottom-Half Record

Footer 365

Barcelona 3-0 Bayern Munich: Lionel Messi double puts Barca in control

Two goals from Lionel Messi helped Barcelona beat Bayern Munich 3-0 in the first leg of the Champions League semi-final.

Graham Taylor rejects claims he was asked to cap number of black players in England side

Graham Taylor has denied claims that the Football Association tried to cap the number of black players when he was in charge of the England team.

Spanish football could be shut down from May 16 over TV rights argument

La Liga faces being shut down from May 16 over an argument between Spain's football federation and the Government.

Mail Box

Coutinho Better Than Cazorla And Cesc...

Philippe Coutinho has outperformed Santi Cazorla AND Cesc Fabregas, while Arsenal need no new signings. We also have mails on Olivier Giroud and shopping lists...

Giroud Is More Than Good Enough...

Olivier Giroud and Theo Walcott are integral to Arsenal's title hopes next season. There's also more on handballs, Juventus, and Ronaldo holding Bale back...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company