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Norwich City manager Chris Hughton confirmed on Thursday afternoon there has been no official approach from the FAI over the Republic of Ireland managerial vacancy. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images
Paddy Davitt, Norwich City Writer
Thursday, September 12, 2013
Chris Hughton confirmed on Thursday afternoon he has had no official approach from the FAI over the Republic of Ireland vacancy.
FAI chief executive John Delaney revealed yesterday Hughton was one of a number of leading candidates to replace Giovanni Trapattoni, who was dismissed after the Republic’s World Cup qualifying defeat to Austria on Tuesday.
Hughton represented the Republic as a player in both the European Championships and World Cup finals during a golden era under Jack Charlton and the City chief is well aware why is on the Republic’s radar. Martin O’Neill has been installed as the early front-runner in the betting market with Brian McDermott, Roy Keane and ex-Irish boss Mick McCarthy all touted alongside Hughton as potential successors to the departed Italian.
“There has been no official approach. We are a club I would like to think are going in the right direction over the next few years and I am very much looking forward to helping continue that development,” said Hughton. “I can understand why I have been mentioned. I know my name has been mentioned, along with others, and given the fact that I played for Ireland its understandable. It is absolutely just speculation. The things I can say is I am manager of Norwich City football club and I am extremely happy here. We have invested more this summer than the club has ever done. I have had wonderful support from the board and we have a passionate, fanatical support base who want this team to do well. I have the same challenges as the fans and the players so I can only reiterate that I am incredibly happy here.
“As regards whether it was a shock or not that he has left, I guess in the modern game you are never shocked. He has certainly done a fantastic job there and what he has been able to achieve. You have to respect that it is a nation that is not expected to qualify for every championships. They know it is going to be tough but they have managed to do that in the last tournament. As a fellow manager, I was sorry to see him go. When a job like that becomes available there will be some very experienced, knowledgeable names mentioned. I don’t know which direction they want to go and what type of manager but there certainly won’t be a shortage of candidates. It is a very good job.”
FAI chief Delaney has identified Hughton as one of the names that will be discussed by the Republic hierarchy.
“I think names like Mick McCarthy, Brian McDermott, Chris Hughton, Roy Keane all come into the pot - Martin O’Neill, of course as well,” he said. “I wouldn’t want to comment on any individual chances. Mick has done a very good job for Ireland and in England as well. We will look at the job description over the next week.”
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