Ex-Sunderland bosses Mick McCarthy and Martin O’Neill lined up as Trapattoni leaves Ireland

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FORMER Sunderland boss Mick McCarthy has joined Martin O’Neill on a list of potential new managers at Ireland.

McCarthy, O’Neill and Leeds’ Brian McDermott are among the early favourites to take over from outgoing boss Giovanni Trapattoni.

The 74-year-old’s five-year tenure ended on Wednesday morning with a mutual decision reached after Ireland’s failure to reach the 2014 World Cup.

Former Republic of Ireland captain Matt Holland was among those suggesting McCarthy could return to the helm at the national team.

He played primarily under McCarthy while wearing the green shirt, and does not see a reason why the Ipswich manager could not make a return

“The big favourite is Martin O’Neill, he’s the one everyone is talking about,” Holland said.

“He’s out of a job and very much in the running. Brian McDermott at Leeds has potential.”

On McCarthy he added: “He’s doing a good job at Ipswich and I’m not sure he’d be too keen, but why not?

“Mick had great success so why not? A number would fancy it because we’ve got some very good players.”

Holland said he felt Trapattoni’s decision to leave was right, but praised the veteran Italian’s work while in the job.

“We should pay tribute to what he achieved and he has done an excellent job,” he said.

“The style of play was what frustrated the Ireland supporters because he is pragmatic and defensive-minded.

“We have better players than the way we performed.”

Holland won 49 caps for Ireland between 1999 and 2006 and added: “Let’s not feel sorry for him.

He’s 74 years of age and has had a great career. Look at his achievements, he’s won everything in the game.

“But everything comes to an end.”