El Tel?

It seems Terry Venables could be the man Ireland turn to as they search for a manager to take over from the debacle that was the 2006 World Cup qualifying campaign. Personally I was in favour of Martin O'Neill or David O'Leary but after these men ruled themselves out, I suppose the list of quality contenders was somewhat limited. Venables did well with England in 1996 and indeed was unlucky not to win the European Championships of that year. His record in club management is mixed and getting Ireland back into a position to qualify for major championships could be his toughest job yet. Opinion is divided on whether he is the right man for the job and it should be noted that we have nothing but speculation so far based on betting trends. Whoever takes over, I just hope they realise the magnitude of the job that faces them and are willing to invest the time, energy and passion needed.

UPDATE - the money on Venables seems to have dried up to some extent and he is now back to Even money (still the favourite mind). According to the bookies its now a straight fight between Venables and ex-Ireland captain Steve Staunton. While I have the greatest for respect for Steve, I'd say Venables' wealth of experience might sway the decision towards him.

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