Republic of Ireland have parted company with their manager, Giovanni Trapattoni, after two defeats in four days condemned them to almost certainly miss out on the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
The BBC report that the decision was by "mutual consent" following the 1-0 loss to Austria on Tuesday, which leaves Ireland in fourth place in Group C for the qualifiers, six points off second place with two matches to play.
While initial calls centre around Martin O'Neill being the early favourite, the Irish FA must look elsewhere if they are to progress the team and make the most of the younger players pushing for inclusion in the next bout of qualifiers, for Euro 2016.
Although the Ulsterman remains respected in the game, his tired and uninspiring demeanour saw him cast aside as having failed entirely in his two years at Sunderland. At 61 years of age his time anywhere near the top tier of management has passed by, and it's important for Ireland to look for a more enthusiastic and capable man to lead the side from here on.
Here we take a look at five suitable candidates for the job, based in turn on their achievements, suitability and competency.