Betting suspended on Martin O'Neill to take Leicester job

Martin O'Neill
Martin O'Neill

The bookies have stopped taking bets on current Republic of Ireland international manager Martin O'Neill taking charge of Leicester City for the second time.

O'Neill, whose two-year deal with the FAI expires in November, managed the Foxes from 1995 to 2000, leading the club to two League Cup successes.

So when Pearson was removed last week O'Neill was, as expected, linked with the job but his odds were reasonably high, with another Leicester old boy Neil Lennon the odds on favourite.

However, it appears that money has come in for O'Neill in large amounts overnight and betting on him to take the vacancy has been suspended by Paddy Power and other bookies.

O'Neill always hinted that if he failed to qualify the Boys in Green for France 2016 he might walk away.

We have contacted the FAI for a comment but we haven't received an answer yet.

UPDATE: 13.03: Paddy Power have now re-opened the market, but O'Neill is a very short 1/6 to take the Leicester job.

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