Martin O'Neill favourite to succeed Giovanni Trapattoni?

O'Neill favourite to succeed Trapattoni?
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A reports suggests that the Football Association of Ireland will look to Martin O'Neill to take over from Giovanni Trapattoni.

Martin O'Neill has been named as the favourite to succeed Giovanni Trapattoni as manager of the Republic of Ireland.

The Italian's contract expires next year and, with the Green Army's hopes of qualifying for the World Cup hanging by a thread, a new deal is unlikely to be tabled.

Speculation regarding his future has been the subject of debate since a disappointing Euro 2012 campaign in which they were eliminated without scoring a goal.

According to the Daily Mail, the Football Association of Ireland will turn to the former Sunderland and Aston Villa boss before embarking on the path to qualify for the 2016 European Championships in France.

The 61-year-old from Kilrea, Northern Ireland, has been without a job since being sacked by the Black Cats in March.

Ireland are currently fourth in their World Cup qualifying group, three points behind second-placed Sweden and level with Austria.

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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