Two of Ferguson's former assistants at United in the running for the Ireland job 8 years ago

Two of Ferguson's former assistants at United in the running for the Ireland job

Some former assistants of Alex Ferguson at Old Trafford are the latest names to make the shortlist for the Ireland manager's job

Carlos Queiroz and Rene Meulensteen have joined in the race for the vacant managerial job with the Republic of Ireland, according to The Irish Independent.

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It seems that both of the men, who worked under Alex Ferguson as his assistant during his long reign in charge of Manchester United, have made their interest know to the FAI, and the association will have a look at calling them in for formal interviews, which are apparently due to start next month.

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The Independent adds that there are quite a few reputable names on the list already, from Walter Zenga and Hector Cuper to home favourites Chris Hughton, Mick McCarthy and Martin O'Neill, but also added that the FAI are planning on taking a bit of a punt and getting Guus Hiddink on the phone to see if he has any interest in the position.

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All in all, while there are some very exciting names on that list, but we're no closer to learning who will be in charge, and the FAI have been very clear that they intend to take their time and find the right person for the job.

Hat tip to the Independent and FreeFootball.tv for the picture.