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King will manage Ireland


DUBLIN: The Football Associatio­n of Ireland on Monday appointed Noel King as the Republic of Ireland’s interim manager.

King, who was already working as Ireland’s Under-21 coach, has been asked to take over on a temporary basis as the FAI board continues the search for a permanent successor to Giovanni Trapattoni following the Italian’s sacking earlier this month.

King’s appointmen­t was announced after a board meeting on Monday, at which it was also agreed that former Liverpool and Ireland star Ray Houghton, who was involved in the process of hiring Trapattoni, and Ruud Dokter, the FAI’s newly-appointed high performanc­e dir- ector, should carry out an assessment of potential candidates in an attempt to identify the best man for the job.

‘‘The FAI’s Board of Management met this evening to review the work it has been doing on the senior men’s team managerial appointmen­t and to progress the next steps in the appointmen­t process,’’ a statement read.

‘‘After considerin­g the views of people within the game and taking soundings from its constituen­t members, the Board tonight decided that the next steps should include a comprehens­ive assessment of the market.’’

Former Juventus and Bayern Munich boss Trapattoni was axed after five years in charge of Ireland.

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