O'Neill heads early ROI betting

  • Last Updated: September 11 2013, 16:38 BST

Martin O'Neill is the early favourite to be the next Republic Of Ireland manager following the exit of Giovanni Trapattoni.

Martin O'Neill: Favourite to take the ROI job
Martin O'Neill: Favourite to take the ROI job

Paddy Power currently have him as an even-money chance to take the reins with Stan James the shortest price at 4/6.

Ipswich boss Mick MCarthy is second in the betting at 10s with BetVictor, Paddy Power and Stan James with Brian McDermott and Roy Keane both on offer at 20s with the same firm.

Keane has already had his priced trimmed from 33s by Stan James while BetVictor make him a 16/1 chance.

Coral go 4/5 that O'Neill takes over and their spokeswoman Nicola McGeady said: "All the talk is around Martin O'Neill at the moment and we are seeing plenty of money for the former Sunderland boss right now.

"But as always, next manager markets can be very volatile and it would come as no surprise if another contender replaced him at the head of the betting in the coming days."

O'Neill is 5/6 at Sky Bet and football trader Chris Spicer explained: "O'Neill seems the obvious choice given his experience and availability.

"Our punters tend to agree, with all the early money coming for him despite the short odds."

  • Story posted at 1245 BST on 11/09/2013.