Martin O’Neill set to become new Republic of Ireland manager
The bookmakers have suspended betting on the new Irish manager following a spate of bets on Martin O’Neill becoming the permanent replacement to Giovanni Trapattoni.
November 1st, 2013
O’Neill has been among the favourites since Trap was given the axe in September and it appears as though the former Aston Villa and Celtic boss will be given the chance to revive the Republic’s fortunes following their failure to qualify for the 2014 World Cup.
Bookmakers in Dublin were the first to suspend their betting on Thursday night and it appears as though O’Neill taking charge of the Irish national team is a done deal, with the job suiting someone who is thought to have grown tired of day-to-day club management following a sour experience with Sunderland.
O’Neill was replaced by Paolo Di Canio last season before the Italian himself was sacked recently at the Stadium of Light, with the Northern Irishman having also held talks with Crystal Palace earlier this week before seemingly making the decision to join the FAI payroll instead.
Mick McCarthy had also been in the frame to make a return to the Republic of Ireland job.
If O’Neill is appointed, his first game in charge will be against Latvia in a friendly on November at the Aviva Stadium followed by an away game against Poland in Poznan four days later.
Sky Bet Football Trader Chris Spicer said: “Having held a fairly balanced book on the next Republic of Ireland manager, we suddenly saw a surge of bets on O’Neill getting the post on Friday morning.
“Regardless of how much we shortened our odds the money kept coming, so we have been forced to suspended the market.”