Mick McCarthy to meet FAI this weekend to discuss Republic of Ireland job
Last Updated: 23/11/18 2:10pm
Mick McCarthy will meet the FAI this weekend to discuss taking over from Martin O'Neill as the Republic of Ireland manager, Sky sources understand.
Sources in Ireland are calling McCarthy, who managed the country between 1996 and 2002, the "hot favourite" for the position.
But the Football Association of Ireland have told the media there are other candidates still being considered.
McCarthy had a successful first stint in charge of Republic of Ireland, taking them to the last 16 of the 2002 World Cup in South Korea and Japan.
But the build-up to the tournament was marred by a public row with team captain Roy Keane in Saipan and he resigned in November that year.
McCarthy started his managerial career with Millwall and also managed Sunderland and Wolves after leaving the Republic of Ireland job.
He has been without a club since he resigned as manager of Championship side Ipswich in April after six years in charge.
McCarthy has the support of former Republic of Ireland left-back Ian Harte, who believes there is nobody better equipped for the job.
Harte tweeted: "Who is the best person to become manager of Ireland? If it was me I would have Mick McCarthy all day long!!!
"Mick is proven at international level. Plus what he achieved at Ipswich was remarkable as on a shoestring budget! And for me he is brilliant at motivating players."
The post is vacant after Martin O'Neill left by mutual consent on Wednesday following a run of just one win in 11 matches.
The FAI is hoping to make a swift appointment, with the draw for the Euro 2020 finals due to take place in Dublin on December 2.