FAI will take time to appoint 'right man' for Ireland job

The chief executive of the Football Association of Ireland has explained that there is no great rush to appoint a new manager
The chief executive of the Football Association of Ireland (FAI), John Delaney, has insisted that the association will not rush the appointment of a successor to Giovanni Trapattoni.

Over the past week, the FAI has been occupied with a number of Uefa meetings, as well as domestic matters, and Delaney explained that the process to appoint the new Republic of Ireland manager will begin in the coming days, stressing that the association will "take time to make the right appointment."

"Over the next few days we will certainly work out a process as regards the new manager," Delaney told the Irish Times.

"It is more important that we take time to make the right appointment. We have time on our hands. Next September is our next qualifying game of importance.

"In October we play Germany and Kazakhstan, but they are not of importance in terms of qualifying. That is not going to happen, we all accept that."

Martin O'Neill has emerged as the strong favourite for the role, with Delaney recently praising the former Celtic and Aston Villa boss as a "terrific manager." However, the chief executive revealed that "a lot of candidates" had already applied for the job and emphasised the importance of "getting the right man."

He said: "What we will do over the next number of days is establish a board meeting. Then we will put a job description and process together.

"A lot of candidates have already applied and we have to work out a process. Getting the right man in is the priority, not the timescale.

"You'd like a manager to be in place before the upcoming games, but it is not a must do. We would like it to be, but it is not a must do. If we have to wait past [those] games to get the right man in, we will wait past [those] games."

Meanwhile, Delaney has welcomed the news that Darron Gibson is prepared to end his international exile and urged others to follow the Everton midfielder's lead in what he described as "a new era for Irish football."

"It is good news that Darron Gibson is coming back and made himself available again. He is a quality player," said Delaney. "I hope other players who in the past didn't make themselves available for various reasons do so.

"It will be a new era for Irish football when the new manager is appointed. There are good young players coming through and the new manager when he looks at it, will see that."