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Bookies stop taking bets on Italian's reign ending

BOOKMAKERS Paddy Power and Boylesports have suspended betting on Giovanni Trapattoni’s reign as Ireland coach ending before the end of the year, with Paddy Power reporting "a torrent of bets".

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.