Former Sunderland and Aston Villa boss Martin O'Neil could be named Republic of Ireland coach this week.

The Sunday World says O'Neill could be handed the opportunity to become the new Republic of Ireland manager within days.

It is understood the 61-year-old has been earmarked as the Football Association of Ireland's number one target and that a formal approach is imminent.

The news is hardly unexpected with sources close to the former Sunderland boss having indicated his willingness to talk to the FAI.

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