Doyle backs El Tel for Ireland
Kevin Doyle believes Terry Venables would be an ideal candidate to lead Republic of Ireland.
By Lewis Rutledge
Last Updated: 22/11/07 6:27pm
Kevin Doyle believes Terry Venables would be an ideal candidate to lead Republic of Ireland into their World Cup qualification campaign.
Steve Staunton was dismissed as manager after failing to guide Ireland to the finals of Euro 2008, and the Football of Association are now on the lookout for a replacement.
Venables has been linked with the role for the past couple of weeks, and he has now become available after his contract as England assistant manager was terminated.
Former Wigan boss Paul Jewell is also believed to be in the frame and Doyle would be glad if either man took charge.
The Reading striker said: "Either of those I would be very happy with. They have both done very well.
"Terry Venables has more experience internationally, which is what they are looking for in terms of someone who has been there and done it.
"Steve Staunton was criticised because he didn't have managerial experience so Terry Venables fits the bill. He got England through to the semi-finals of the European Championships, where they were beaten only on penalties, so he was very close to being in a massive final.
"He has done well at all the clubs he has been at so it would be exciting if he did get the job."
Coppell for England?
Steve Coppell has been connected with the England job following Steve McClaren's exit but Doyle insists he would rather see his club manager stay at Reading.
"It is good that he has been linked as it shows he has done very well," said Doyle.
"I would like to see him do it but I can't see him taking it. I would love to see him stay as Reading manager, too.
"He doesn't over-react either way. When we win he doesn't get carried away and it is not the end of the world when we lose. He makes his point and that's it. That's why I like the way he manages."