Former Everton boss Kendall interested in Ireland job

Former Everton manager Howard Kendall has put himself forward for the vacant Republic of Ireland job.

Former Everton manager Howard Kendall has put himself forward for the vacant Republic of Ireland job.

The 61-year-old, whose second spell in charge at Everton ended in 1998, believes his experience in the game is enough to make him a contender.

Kendall confirmed he had made enquiries about becoming Steve Staunton's successor and then revealed he would like former player Peter Beardsley to be his number two.

"I've had long enough out of it now and I feel it would be perfect for me and hopefully for them. I've made some enquiries," he told Sky Sports News.

Kendall rejected any suggestion his time away from management would count against him.

"Look at the CV and go through the history of what I've done," he added.

Kendall played for Preston, Everton, Birmingham and Stoke before moving into management with Blackburn.

Kendall also managed in Spain and Greece and took charge of Manchester City and Sheffield United, but it was during his first spell as manager of Everton that he made his mark.

During his six-year spell at Goodison Park in the 1980s the club won the league twice, the FA Cup and European Cup Winners' Cup.

However, despite being out of management for almost a decade he does not feel he is out of touch.

Kendall added: "I am in touch with the modern game, I write a column in the local newspaper and I go and watch Premier League football every week.

"I know who I would put in place. If he was interested, the likes of Peter Beardsley, I think he would be superb.

"I have spoken to Peter and he said he would love to work with me again."

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