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Eamon Dunphy: We need decisiveness, not a managerial selection committee

Updated: Wednesday, 11 Sep 2013 16:41 | Comments

Martin O'Neill is favourite in the race to succeed Giovanni Trapattoni
Martin O'Neill is favourite in the race to succeed Giovanni Trapattoni

As the dust settles on the Giovanni Trapattoni era, the process of choosing a successor has begun and RTÉ analyst Eamon Dunphy feels that process should be swift.

On the question of whether the FAI should set up a committee and begin a long process to find the next manager, Dunphy told RTÉ the next move is a 'no-brainer'.

"It was three wise men who found Trapattoni. And to be fair to them all, I was the most enthusiastic advocate for Trapattoni on the basis of his CV.

"But unfortunately he never really applied himself to the job. I don’t think committees are what is required here. I think decisiveness is needed."

A number of candidates have emerged in the race to take over from the Italian, with Martin O'Neill among the favourites.

"Martin O’Neill is head and shoulders above anyone. He was a great manager at Celtic. He was outstanding from the beginning of his career, which was with Wycombe Wanderers. He is a very intelligent, astute manager.

"He's not working at the moment. He’s 61. He is very experienced, and did great work at Celtic, at Aston Villa, at Leicester City.

"He’s Irish and he would be perfect."

"Martin O’Neill is head and shoulders above anyone" - Eamon Dunphy

Among the other likely - and unlikely - candidates, the names of Mick McCarthy and Chris Hughton have been welcomed as has the name of David O'Leary.

"No chance," says Dunphy. "He hasn’t managed for a long time. He did OK at Leeds. Let’s be fair to him. But it imploded and I don’t think David is the man.

Roy Keane would also not be among the preferred candidates for the RTÉ analyst.

"He has shown in his managerial career a difficulty in handling players and people. In Sunderland it was a bit of a soap opera in the end. At Ipswich it was shocking in the end."

"Were he to come back the Saipan stuff would resurface – he has history with some of the players still playing. I think he would be an extremely controversial choice and i see no evidence that Roy Keane has the temperament to manage an Irish team."

Former Republic midfielder Jason McAteer told Sky Sports: "Giovanni is a lovely fella, very shrewd. Two poor results cost them qualification and it was time to move on.

"There are some good players coming through. It's important to get the right man now to bring those players through.

"Mick McCarthy coming back would be fantastic but I think Mick is enjoying the day-to-day management at Ipswich and that, for me, would rule him out.

"Martin O'Neill, with his man management skills, would be an ideal candidate."

Niall Quinn meanwhile wasn't too optimistic about the immediate future saying: "Anybody who feels there is a magician that is going to come in and turn us into a great team overnight, I think they're sadly mistaken.

"The worry for the new manager coming in is: as those five players have come to the twilight - in fact some of them don't play anymore - what's come in, what great stars have come in to take their place?

"The answer is: none. I'd be very worried that we don't have the talent - that we don't have something strong for a manager like Martin (O'Neill), like Roy (Keane), Mick McCarthy, to go on and kick on straightaway.

"The only upside to a new manager coming in for the Euros is there are eight new places at the competition and that'll make it a small easier to qualify."

Quinn called Trapattoni's departure "inevitable", given the frustration of the current campaign, and he raised the point that the Italian's spoken English may have hindered him.

"We didn't get to know him enough," Quinn said.

"I'm sure there were things about Giovanni we couldn't break down because of communication difficulties."

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