Kevin Kilbane: 'Mick McCarthy would be perfect for Republic of Ireland'

Mick McCarthy of Ipswich Town looks on during the pre season friendly match between Barnet and Ipswich Town at The Hive on July 20, 2013
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Former Republic of Ireland international Kevin Kilbane believes that Mick McCarthy is the "perfect" man to replace Giovanni Trapattoni as manager of the national side.

Former Republic of Ireland international Kevin Kilbane has claimed that Mick McCarthy would be the "perfect" man to replace Giovanni Trapattoni as manager.

Trapattoni left his post by mutual consent on Tuesday after the team's 1-0 defeat to Austria in World Cup qualifying.

Kilbane now believes that McCarthy, who previously managed Ireland for six years until 2002, should be given a second spell in charge.

"I think Mick McCarthy would be perfect for the job," he told BBC Sport. "Martin O'Neill would raise morale if he was given the job. From knowing Mick and how he works, he'd be the one for me. Chris Hughton would also be a very good appointment."

Former Aston Villa manager O'Neill is the early favourite to replace Trapattoni.

Sunderland's Martin O'Neill prior to kick off in the match against Norwich on March 17, 2013
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