FAI Chase Big Names after Kerr Is Ditched
Byline: COLIN YOUNG
THE Football Association of Ireland officially started their search for a new manager last night when Brian Kerr was finally relieved of his duties.
Kerr met officials for several hours in a desperate bid to hold on to his job, but the FAI decided not to renew a contract which ended when his side were knocked out of the World Cup qualifiers last week.
Kerr was a popular choice to take over from Mick McCarthy in January 2003.
Although he persuaded Roy Keane to return to the fold, he was unable to lead Ireland to the Euro 2004 finals in Portugal and then failed to reach next summer's World Cup. Ireland's fourthplace group finish behind France, Switzerland and Israel was their worst showing in 20 years.
FAI chief executive John Delaney will now approach Sir Alex Ferguson, Martin O'Neill, Roy Keane, David O'Leary and Kenny Dalglish. So far, former Japan boss Philippe Troussier is the only man to apply.
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