Noel King appointed as caretaker manager for Republic of Ireland football team

Noel King pictured in 2008
Image caption Noel King, head coach of the Republic's Under-21 team, has been appointed as interim manager

The Football Association of Ireland (FAI) has appointed Noel King as caretaker manager of the Republic of Ireland international team.

Mr King is the current head coach of the Republic's Under-21 squad.

The FAI has made the interim appointment while it searches for a replacement for Giovanni Trapattoni, who left the job earlier this month.

The FAI said it intended to carry out a "comprehensive assessment of the market" before picking his replacement.

It has asked former Republic of Ireland international Ray Houghton, and Ruud Dokter, the FAI's newly appointed high performance director, to carry out the market assessment and report back to its management board.

Mr Houghton was involved in the last managerial appointment process.

Mr Trapattoni left his Republic of Ireland post by mutual consent on 11 September, a day after his team was defeated by Austria in a World Cup qualifier.

The Italian had been in charge for five years and during his tenure he guided the Republic to the finals of Euro 2012.

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