Republic's search for manager widens

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Ronnie Whelan and David O'Leary are believed to be on the Football Association of Ireland's list of interviewees in London today as the search for Jack Charlton's successor continues.

Liam Brady, Mike Walker, Mick McCarthy, Dave Bassett and Joe Kinnear all met FAI officials yesterday for "informal chats" about the Republic's managerial vacancy.

McCarthy, a former Republic captain and favourite for the post following the withdrawal of the Blackburn director of football, Kenny Dalglish, from the running, refused to comment on his interview as did Walker and Kinnear. But Bassett, who resigned as manager of Sheffield United last month, said: "We had a full and frank exchange of views. I was in there about an hour and we had an open dialogue and discussion, but obviously no decision will be made because there are other people in the frame for the job."

Far from pursuing the chance eagerly, candidates for the England manager's job are playing hard to get. Don Howe yesterday urged one of them, Bryan Robson, to change his mind and take on the task after Euro 96, when Terry Venables departs.

Robson, the former England captain, has twice publicly stated the reasons for his reluctance to follow in Venables' footsteps. He feels he lacks experience and is determined to be loyal to Middlesbrough, where his spell as manager has been successful.

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