DUBLIN IN 2020 RUNNING
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McCarthy admitted last week that he wouldn't know what to do if he was given another opportunity to manage Ireland, but backed O'Neill's candidacy in the belief that the Kilrea native is "nailed on" for the job.
However, while FAI chief executive John Delaney initially said that the authorities would prefer to have a new man in place for next month's qualifiers, it appears that the most pressing aspect of the board's deliberations will be to identify a caretaker to name a squad for the dead rubbers in Cologne and Dublin.
Meanwhile, Dublin is officially in the running to host games at Euro 2020. There is strong competition, however, with 32 cities bidding for 13 places. Wembley, Cardiff and Glasgow are also possible venues, while Istanbul is the strong favourite to get the final.