Martin O'Neill linked with Leicester return

SoccerBy Kevin Palmer
Could O'Neill be tempted back to Leicester?
Could O'Neill be tempted back to Leicester?

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill is among the names being linked with the vacant managerial position at Leicester City.

O'Neill is a Leicester legend after leading the club into the Premier League in 1996 and going on to win the League Cup on two occasions before he left to manage Celtic in the summer of 2000.

While O'Neill has insisted he will not be lured away from his role with Ireland before the end of the Euro 2016 qualifiers, the chance to make a return to the Premier League would be tough for the Ulsterman to resist.

Leicester are looking for a new manager after sacking Nigel Pearson in surprising fashion on Tuesday, with bookmakers quick to install O'Neill's former Leicester midfield general Neil Lennon as favourite to take the Foxes post.

However, if Foxes chiefs are keen to placate supporters who were frustrated by Pearson's exit, a move to tempt O'Neill may become an appealing option.

Departed West Ham manager Sam Allardyce, Bristol City boss Gary Cotterill and Foxes midfielder Esteban Cambiasso are also being linked with the Leicester job, with club officials keen to replace Pearson swiftly with pre-season training set to begin imminently.