Giles: 150 managers would take Ireland job

Ireland legend John Giles believes at least 150 candidates would be interested in becoming Giovanni Trapattoni’s successor.

The former captain and manager of the national team insisted the seven-figure salary on offer, allied to the potential in the squad, is enough to attract a number of high-profile names, including some currently working in England.

While admitting the availability of favourite Martin O’Neill makes him the cleanest appointment, the 74-year-old insisted the project of steering Ireland to the Euro 2016 finals would appeal to a wide field.

Giles steadfastly disagreed with the opinion of Liam Brady and Niall Quinn that Ireland’s abysmal World Cup qualifying campaign and dearth of top-class talent would discourage stellar candidates.

“If you had an open application, I’d say you would have 150 people looking for the job,” said Giles yesterday at the launch of new website,

“It’s an international position, so it’s an attractive job. There are lots of managers under contract who can’t apply but will make it known that they are interested in it — as quiet as possible.

“Generally, you get what you pay for, so I’ve no resentment towards anyone getting €1 million in salary.”

Far from sharing Brady’s pessimistic outlook about the post-Trapattoni era, Giles believes the liberation players may feel under a new boss could be central to qualifying for Euro 2016.

Giles said: “Trap’s philosophy was he didn’t have players so he never tried to do anything constructive.

“I think we have promising players — a team that can certainly play better and do better than this campaign.”

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