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Bookies stop taking bets on Italian's future

•BOOKMAKERS Paddy Power and Boylesports have suspended betting on Giovanni Trapattoni's reign as Ireland coach ending before the end of the year.

The market on Trapattoni not lasting in the job until 2013 was closed after what Paddy Power described as "a torrent of bets".

•"The amount of money placed over such a short period would lead us to believe that something is afoot and it's safe to say that we're running scared on this one," Ireland's largest bookmaker said in a statement.

•Former coach Mick McCarthy, who is out of work but led the country to the World Cup finals 10 years ago, is rated as the favourite to take over with Norwich City's Chris Hughton and Reading's Brian McDermott next in the betting.


Mick McCarthy 2/1, Chris Hughton 7/1, Brian McDermott 8/1, Owen Coyle 9/1, Martin O'Neill 10/1, Liam Brady 11/1, David O'Leary and Roy Keane 16/1, Michael O'Neill, Marco Tardelli, Harry Redknapp and Terry Venables 20/1.