Brian McDermott in frame for Republic of Ireland job

Brian McDermott  gestures during the npower Championship match between Watford and Leeds United at Vicarage Road on May 4, 2013
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The Irish FA names Leeds United boss Brian McDermott as a serious contender to coach the national team.

Football Association of Ireland head John Delaney has revealed that Leeds United manager Brian McDermott is in contention for the Republic of Ireland job.

The executive described the former Reading boss as a "serious candidate" to succeed Italian tactician Giovanni Trapattoni in the role.

"He is a serious candidate and he is one of the names being mentioned here [on Tuesday] morning," he told BBC Sport.

"I am looking at the names being mentioned and I think it will come down to the three leading the market.

"I am looking at Mick McCarthy and Brian McDermott and I know that both men, having spoken to them over the past couple of years, they would both like to get their hands on this job, not necessarily at this stage."

McDermott, whose parents are Irish, has previously admitted that coaching the national team is his lifelong ambition.

"I know Brian McDermott, given his heritage with his parents being Irish, and having spoken to him on Irish radio, he would love to manage the Republic of Ireland someday," Delaney added.

Trapattoni and his assistant Marco Tardelli parted company with Ireland after a 1-0 defeat to Austria all but ended their World Cup hopes.

Republic of Ireland's Manager Giovanni Trapattoni before the start of the match with Georgia during a International friendly match between the Republic of Ireland and Georgia at the Aviva Stadium on June 2, 2013
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