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Martin O'Neill in Ireland frame

MARTIN O'Neill has emerged as the first name on the list of replacements should the FAI choose to refuse Giovanni Trapattoni a new deal.

Speculation about Trapattoni's future surfaced again yesterday when he confirmed that talks on a new deal will not start until after the play-off.

"Sure, the play-off could be the last game for me. But it will not be the last game in my life because I will continue," said Trapattoni. "I am not offended by this. But I think we deserve more time.

"We can wait until after the play-off. At the moment we are proud to be here and continue the transformation of the team with the young players."

O'Neill is available for work and sources suggest that this time, he is well disposed towards the idea.

Another name likely to feature strongly in the succession stakes if the wheels fall off the push for Euro 2012 next month is Mick McCarthy, who is thought to be keen for another stint in the hot seat.