David O'Leary has turned down the opportunity of an interview for the vacant Republic of Ireland manager's job.

Ireland have been searching for a new boss after Steve Staunton's brief tenure came to an end in the wake of failure to qualify for the Euro 2008 finals.

But former Aston Villa and Leeds manager O'Leary has rejected the opportunity to stake his claim for the post as he wants to return to club management.

He told Sky Sports News: "After much soul-searching and thought I've declined the offer from the FAI to be interviewed for the vacant post of international team manager.

"It's a great honour and I'm very flattered to be considered.

"However, at this point in my career I wish to return to full-time club management and therefore reluctantly have decided against the opportunity to manage my country at this point."