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It was one of those curious nights when events on the sidelines were always going to be more telling than those on the pitch, but Martin O’Neill and Roy Keane can at least take plenty of encouragement from a statement first win in charge of the Republic of Ireland. The new regime got off to a fine start with a commanding win over Latvia.

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Chris Hughton, Norwich's manager, will not be pleased to have been knocked out of the FA Cup by Luton

Norwich manager Chris Hughton becomes latest contender to rule himself out of Republic of Ireland running

Leeds manager Brian McDermott is not interested in the role either

Brian McDermott would still be in charge at Reading if it was up to the club’s chairman

Leeds United manager Brian McDermott distances himself from Republic of Ireland job

Former Reading manager was among favourites to replace Giovanni Trapattoni

The Sport Matrix: Thursday 12 September 2013

Croft ruled out for rest of the season

<b>Martin O'Neill</b><br/> The 61-year-old is the bookies favourite with odds as short as 5-6, and is available after being sacked by Sunderland in March after a disastrous run of eight matches without victory. Reports that he was contacted by the FAI before Tuesday’s 1-0 loss in Austria have been dismissed.

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We take a look at the contenders to fill the hotseat at the Republic of Ireland

Marc Wilson (right) tries to stop Sweden’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic

World Cup qualifiers round-up: Anders Svensson makes Irish suffer while Cristiano Ronaldo hat-trick saves Portugal

The Republic of Ireland’s hopes of  securing a World Cup play-off place suffered a grievous blow last night when they let slip a one-goal lead to lose 2-1 to close rivals Sweden in Dublin, the veteran midfielder Anders Svensson getting the Swedes’ winner.

Bristol City defender Greg Cunningham has been called into the Republic of Ireland squad for the World Cup qualifiers against Sweden and Austria

Bristol City defender Greg Cunningham gets late Republic of Ireland call

Bristol City defender Greg Cunningham has been called into the Republic of Ireland squad for the World Cup qualifiers against Sweden and Austria.

Shane Long

Transfer news: West Brom striker Shane Long leaves Republic of Ireland training camp on 'transfer-related matter'

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