Following Claudio Ranieri’s controversial sacking on Thursday, Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill was one of the first names tipped to replace him.
The Derry native enjoyed a very successful five-year period with the Foxes in the late 1990’s. With the side dropping into the relegation zone yesterday, fans were begging for the club to go after a proven coach like O’Neill.
However, the 64-year-old has firmly ruled out returning to the KCOM Stadium in an interview with BBC Radio Five Live.
“I wouldn’t be going. I’m enjoying the job here at this moment and there is a big, big game ahead [against Wales] and quite some difficult matches coming ahead.”
Asked about staying on in his role with the national team and double-jobbing at Leicester, he insisted he wasn’t interested.
“If somebody was trying to do two jobs at same time there would be problems if you didn’t get results on both sides.”
As O’Neill eluded to, next up for the boys in green is the massive clash with Chris Coleman’s Wales at the Aviva. If his charges can collect the maximum, they’ll be well on their way to qualifying for the 2018 World Cup.
As for the champions, another former manager, Nigel Pearson leads the way in the race for what is surely an unenviable position considering this week’s events.
Rory Murphy, Pundit Arena