Managed Championship-winning teams at Liverpool and Blackburn Rovers. Only man ever to have won the Double both as a player and manager. Won 102 Scotland caps. Aged 44.
His proven managerial ability, plus the likelihood that the requirements of the Ireland job would suit his lifestyle (family and golf first, football third). Has already been sounded out for the position. Lives closer to Ireland (Southport) than the other leading contenders.
Likely to wake up one day, decide he's had enough, and leave Ray Harford in charge.
Tight-lipped, unhelpful. Least likely to say: "How long have you got? This is going to take a while ."
Barnsley-born no-nonsense centre-half aged 36. Won 57 caps and captained the Republic to the World Cup quarter-finals in 1990. Has made Millwall promotion contenders as manager.
Has worked in tandem with Jack Charlton for almost seven years, so knows the ropes. Once described by Charlton as the most inspirational captain in international football. Successful at Millwall despite a tight budget.
Has never managed a club at the top level. Displayed a rather crude approach as a player (though this is probably an attribute as far as Ireland is concerned).
Very blunt, candid. Least likely to say: Anything complimentary when his players haven't earned it.
Dublin-born Londoner, a former Tottenham and Brighton right-back who won 25 caps for the Republic of Ireland. Has almost completed four years in charge at Wimbledon.
Enduring success at Wimbledon with limited resources and a
Republic of Ireland-style game. The 48-year-old is so enthusiastic to take the job that he has had a clause written into his Wimbledon contract guaranteeing his release if he is appointed.
Has coached in Dubai, Malaysia, Korea and Nepal but has nevertheless been out of international football for 20 years.
Rambling, rude, critical of officials. Least likely to say: "Didn't the referee have a great game?"Reuse content