FAI not set on new manager being Irish

FAI not set on new manager being Irish
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The FAI admit that the nationality of the new manager does not matter.

Football of Ireland chief executive John Delaney has insisted that the nationality of the manager who replaces Giovanni Trapattoni does not matter.

Delaney said that the only factor that they are taking into account is the calibre of the candidate and whether he is from Ireland, England or elsewhere in Europe is not important.

"In terms of the next man all we want is the best manager," Delaney told Sky Sports News. "It does not matter whether he is Irish, English, continental or whatever.

"We want the best man in to get the best out of our players and get the team to the Euros in 2016. That's what the Irish public want, that's what the Irish soccer supporters want, that's what the Irish association wants."

Trapattoni left his post as Ireland manager on Wednesday night.

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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