Eileen Gleeson cooled any suggestion she's in the running to take the Republic of Ireland job on a permanent basis after overseeing a 4-0 UEFA Nations League hammering of Hungary on Thursday night.

Gleeson - the FAI's Head of Women and Girls' Football - has taken the reins temporarily while the association searches for a permanent successor to Vera Pauw.

The highly respected coach has had a calming influence on the group, bringing in a couple of fresh faces to energise a team that had looked emotionally jaded after the summer's World Cup.

They were impressive in Budapest against admittedly limited opponents, but Gleeson insists she won't be throwing her hat in the ring despite a strong start to her interim reign.

"We have to see what happens," Gleeson replied when asked by RTÉ Sport if she'd like to remain for the rest of the Nations League campaign, which runs up to December.

"I mean, what's not to love here? But we all know I'm in another role as well, as the head of women and girls' football in Ireland. This is really enjoyable, but there's no commitment to anything on that.

"Nights like this and performances get the heart rate up you know? So maybe I need to bring that down a little bit before I make any comments on anything! It's always exciting. You're with your national team, you're with an Irish team, you're proud, passionate, it's a great group of girls. It's an exciting place to be."

"We're starting off with some new principles and bringing on some new young players, transitioning those through, and I thought overall we did well"

The performance itself was brimming with positives.

Although Ireland had a sloppy spell in the ten minutes running up to half-time, they were never seriously troubled by the Hungarians, and occasionally played some really fluid, attractive football.

"We're very happy," Gleeson added. "Three points, that gives us six points out of six, four good goals, we probably could have scored a bit more, but again we're still looking to improve.

"We always think we can be better, but we're starting off with some new principles and bringing on some new young players, transitioning those through, and I thought overall we did well."

Next up is an October double-header against Albania, the lowest seeded team in the group. If Ireland notch six more points from those games, it's possible they could have the group won with two games to spare.

However Gleeson is taking things one step at a time.

"You can see what they're trying to do," she said.

"They're trying to be better at that as well, and then you've got a lot of players coming in and out of the game throughout so... the players tried to do what we asked them to do and we can only be thankful for that and proud.

"We created some good chances and had some really good finishes."

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