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    otto Hitzfeld is 68 ( younger than I thought) If he can speak English, I would take him on a 2 year. if he is arsed getting out of retirement. but M. ONeill should be the number one target

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    He's had very little to work with. He's relying on two failed SPL strikers this season, for instance.

    One reservation I would harbour is that he may rue having a lesser team/side than his last tenure. Duff, Keane, Keane and Given don't have any comparatives in the present.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TrapAPony View Post
    ^Queiroz and Pellegrini are currently managing
    Indeed they are. But they could probably both be got if there was an interest there. We would have to wait until after the World Cup in the case of Queiroz but i think he is a very realistic option. He speaks English and should have some knowledge of the English leagues from his time with Man U. He has been in international management since '09, so it seems to suit him. A European nation with a decent chance of qualification for the Euros is probably a good opportunity for anyone in that situation, and given that he has had 2 sells in charge of Portugal he is probably unlikely to get the call from them.

    The Big Mick option is very tempting though.

    p.s. I copy and pasted your list onto the end of mine. I thought it might be handy to have everyone suggested as an option, likely or otherwise, in one place.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Olé Olé View Post
    He's had very little to work with. He's relying on two failed SPL strikers this season, for instance.

    One reservation I would harbour is that he may rue having a lesser team/side than his last tenure. Duff, Keane, Keane and Given don't have any comparatives in the present.
    Might not be too much of a problem - remember he inherited an aging squad from Jack. Duff and Robbie Keane didn't break through for two years after he took over and AFAIR I think Given was a young long-shot who only made his debut in Mick's first game in charge because Alan Kelly was unavailable. Plus Roy was a bit of a double-edged sword during his tenure. And I think we actually have a pretty talented midfield with Brady, Hendrick, McCarthy, McClean and Arter, a fairly solid defence, a couple of good quality keepers as well as some young talent coming through that Mick might be well-placed to get the most out of - the likes of Rice, Cullen, Browne, Kelly, Horgan, Hogan, O'Dowda, Hourihane, Maguire and others should get an opportunity to step up before the next qualifiers start and by the time the next World Cup rolls around, some of the prospects that are doing very well at under-age level will hopefully have broken through.

    Would also be nice to have the National Team go out and play to win, rather than play to avoid defeat with the hope of sneaking a winner

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    To be honest, I was a bit young during Mick's tenure to be offering any proper analysis of it and how another tenure may pan out. I can see why you're confident regarding the younger players. He's clearly shown a willingness at Ipswich to play young lads. Whether that is borne out of necessity is another thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NeverFeltBetter View Post
    An argument for and against the likelihood of McCarthy being offered the job could be the way thing stand at Ipswich. They've reverted under him after a good few seasons in the first half of his tenure, 16th last season, 12th currently. McCarthy might well want to get away and try something new having spent most of the last decade scrapping in the Championship or battling EPL relegation but, then again, has he really accomplished all that much to be considered next to other candidates?

    To be fair to Mick he's worked wonders there since Marcus Evans stopped spending any cash at all for the last few years.

    http://www.transferleague.co.uk/ipsw...town-transfers

    Looking like O'Neill is staying anyway, him and his team are going to the SWA tonight after all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stuttgart88 View Post
    Lee Carsley and Steven Reid are names I'd like to see in the mix in some capacity
    Both very good choices. Of the two I'd like to see Carsley perhaps with Damien Duff or Brian Kerr as his back up to keep the link to the domestic game.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mark12345 View Post
    Both very good choices. Of the two I'd like to see... Brian Kerr as his back up to keep the link to the domestic game.
    Having once been the organ grinder, I am not sure he'd like to return to being the monkey.
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    Quote Originally Posted by backstothewall View Post
    I'd like Enda McNulty to be part of the backroom staff. I think the number of times we threw away leads in the last campaign is a sign that the mental toughness of the squad could be improved, and he has a track record of helping Irish sportsmen and women with that in the past
    Jim McGuinness is actually the "third most-backed candidate" to replace O'Neill (if O'Neill leaves), according to the Irish Mirror: https://www.irishmirror.ie/sport/soc...nager-11845065

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    Perhaps those type betting lists have a deliberately bizarre element, designed to separate money from the type of people who throw coins into a fountain.
    I see Gordon Strachan's name wasn't anywhere on the PP list. I don't he failed at Scotland, just didn't succeed and it must be said he had to work with a genetically compromised bunch of players.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DeLorean View Post
    No greater endorsement than words of praise from managerial wizard Stephen Bradley.

    I'd like to see him cut his teeth elsewhere before getting involved with Ireland tbh. Staunton is an example of how such a transition can go wrong.

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    Quote Originally Posted by osarusan View Post
    Staunton is an example of how such a transition can go wrong.
    Yes, we won't shake that lesson too easily. Keane seems to have a bit more about him that Staunton though I would hope. Mark Hughes & Gary Speed had little or no managerial experience when they took the Wales job and did okay.

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