Irish could turn to Redknapp

Harry Redknapp
Redknapp has been out of work since leaving Tottenham Hotspur in the summer. Photo: PA

Harry Redknapp has emerged as favourite to replace Giovanni Trapattoni as manager of the Republic of Ireland national team.

The 73-year-old Italian is reported to be on the verge of the sack, having overseen the Irish team's catastrophic performance at Euro 2012 and a poor start to qualification for World Cup 2014.

Ireland are currently third in qualifying Group C following an unconvincing 2-1 win over lowly Kazakhstan last month and a 6-1 home thrashing at the hands of Germany at the weekend.

That came hot on the heels of Ireland's disastrous Euro 2012 campaign, in which they lost all three group games.

And reports in the Irish Independent on the eve of the squad's World Cup qualifier against the Faroe Islands suggest Harry Redknapp will be the man the FAI turn to should Trapattoni lose his job.

The paper understands that Redknapp would be interested in talking to the FAI if the job came up, although whether they could match the former Tottenham and Portsmouth boss's wage demands remains to be seen.

Besides Redknapp, former Wolves boss Mick McCarthy, who managed the Republic of Ireland between 1996 and 2002, is also said to be on the FAI's shortlist.Despite the speculation, Trapattoni feels that everyone is still behind him.

"They know our jobs, and they know what we are doing," he said, with respect to the FAI. "And they [Irish people] are fantastic when we go on the road and the streets."

However, with the ever-popular Redknapp waiting in the wings time appears to be running out for the Italian.