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Last Updated: Tuesday, 10 January 2006, 07:56 GMT
Robson tipped to assist Staunton
Sir Bobby Robson
Former England boss Sir Bobby Robson is tipped to become Steve Staunton's assistant in the Republic of Ireland's new managerial set-up.

Walsall assistant boss Staunton, 36, is expected to be named as Brian Kerr's successor, with former England manager Robson, 72, in an advisory role.

However, the Football Association of Ireland told BBC Sport the appointment process for a new manager is ongoing.

And it added that an appointment is not expected to be made for 10 days.

Former Republic boss Jack Charlton is delighted at the prospect of Staunton and Robson teaming up.

He said: "I think the partnership would be excellent. They would be good together. Robson knows exactly what to do and Steve knows what is necessary."

Former Celtic boss Martin O'Neill was reportedly the Football Association of Ireland's first choice to take over from Kerr - but he is taking a sabbatical from football while his wife recovers from illness.

This has opened the door for Staunton - the Republic's most-capped player, with 106 appearances - to take over.

Charlton added: "Robson has got the experience to teach Steve and his enthusiasm is second to none.

"Steve Staunton is a good lad. I don't know what qualifications he has got for the job, apart from being a good player but I think he would be OK.

"If they were appointed now I would agree with that decision."

Steve Staunton
Staunton was a consistent performer for the Republic

It is thought the FAI wants to compensate for Staunton's lack of managerial experience by appointing a mentor - and Robson fits the bill perfectly .

Republic striker Clinton Morrison is also excited by the prospect of Staunton and Robson linking up.

He said: "Steve helped a lot of the young players when I was around him - and I hope he still likes me.

"But he was friendly with all the players and got on with them and, although it will be difficult for him, I think he is a professional man and he knows he is there as a manager.

"As for Bobby, he has got great experience. He has been a top manager wherever he has gone and he has won trophies."

Former coach Kerr left the post after the team failed to qualify for the World Cup finals.

Staunton spent most of his playing career with Liverpool and Aston Villa and captained the Republic 16 times.

He played for his country in three World Cup finals, with his final game being the second-round penalty-shoot-out elimination at the hands of Spain in South Korea in 2002.

Before Christmas, Walsall boss Merson admitted he would not stand in Staunton's way if he got the chance to manage the side.

"I'd back him," said Merson. "Everybody who plays football would love to manage their country one day, so, if it came along, of course I'd let him go."


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