Leeds and Norwich managers react to Ireland rumours
Leeds United manager Brian McDermott and Norwich City’s Chris Hughton have ruled themselves out of the running for the vacant Republic of Ireland job.
Giovanni Trapattoni left the Republic by mutual consent on Wednesday, the day after a 1-0 loss to Austria ended Ireland’s slim hopes of qualification for the World Cup.
McDermott and Hughton were both mentioned by the Football Association of Ireland chief executive John Delaney as possible successors to Trapattoni.
“Names like [Mick] McCarthy, Brain McDermott, Chris Hughton, Roy Keane all come into the pot – Martin O’Neill, of course,” BBC Sport reports Delaney as saying.
However, McDermott, who has Irish parents, has ruled himself out of the post.
He stated that he is “100% committed” to Leeds, who he joined in April after being sacked by Reading.
“I feel I’ve been adopted here at Leeds I owe the supporters. The Ireland job is for the future,” the BBC reports the former Reading manager as saying.
Leeds are currently sitting in 10th place in the Championship after five games, and suffered their first loss of the season to Queens Park Rangers just before the international break.
Hughton too has ruled himself out of the job and has committed his future to Norwich, who he joined in June 2012.
He was reported by the broadcaster as saying: “I’m Norwich City manager.
“The fans and the board have been incredibly supportive and I’m very happy here.”
Hughton received plaudits for his performance as Norwich boss last term.
Many tipped the Canaries for relegation after Paul Lambert left to join Aston Villa; however, Hughton guided them to 11th place on 44 points, eight points clear of the drop zone.