Former Irish manager Mick McCarthy is the favorite to succeed Martin O’Neill who resigned along with Assistant Manager Roy Keane from the Irish soccer managers job.

McCarthy has been unemployed and is available. He had considerable success managing Ireland, getting them to the later stages of the World Cup in 2002.

McCarthy’s big advantage is he is available, and the Irish federation would not have to buy out his contract

Insiders warn however that there may be considerable interest from other European managers in what is a high-profile job.

BREAKING: The Board of the Football Association of Ireland have mutually agreed with Martin O’Neill to part company.

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O’Neill simply outstayed his welcome and his insistence on defensive minded teams lost him the fans support.

“I would like to thank Martin, Roy, and the management team for the impact that they had with the Ireland team,” Football Association of Ireland CEO John Delaney is quoted as saying. “There have been many highlights during Martin’s reign - none more so than Euro 2016 in France, which will live long in the memory of all Irish supporters.

Roy Keane is out of work after stepping down with Martin O'Neill from his role with Republic of Ireland.

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“Martin did a great job guiding the team out of a difficult qualifying group - where we beat World Champions Germany along the way - to reach Euro 2016 and advance to the last-16 following a historic victory over Italy in Lille.”

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Former Ireland player and manager Mick McCarthy photographed in 2002 signing his book at Easons.RollingNews