Mick McCarthy is expected to hold talks with the F-A-I this weekend as the search for the next Republic of Ireland manager continues.
The 59-year old is the front-runner to replace Martin O’Neill, who departed the role after five-years on Wednesday.
McCarthy spent six-years in charge of Ireland from 1996, and led the country to the 2002 World Cup.
Since then he has managed Sunderland, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Ipswich Town.
Ireland and Leeds legend John Giles says Dundalk’s Stephen Kenny should not be overlooked, but feels McCarthy is the best candidate for the job.
BREAKING: It’s believed negotiations between Mick McCarthy and the FAI over the vacant Republic of Ireland manager’s job could successfully conclude over the weekend. McCarthy is in line to assume the position for a second time.
— Off The Ball (@offtheball) November 22, 2018
Meanwhile, Ipswich are in action tonight.
The Championship’s bottom side are looking to end a run of five-games without a win when the welcome promotion hopefuls West Brom to Portman Road.