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Steve Staunton has emerged as a shock contender for the Dundalk FC vacancy left by Stephen Kenny following his appointment to the Republic of Ireland U21 squad.

The 102-time capped former Ireland gaffer is reported to be interested in taking over at Oriel Park where he spent a short time before joining Liverpool from his home town club back in 1986.

However, bookmakers Paddy Power don’t like his chances, and Stan is currently a 8/1 shot for the appointment.

Stan enters the betting as third favourite for the job but U19 coach Mick Neville remains the top pick.

He remains the odds-on favourite (1/2) to be tasked with taking up the mantel, while Stephen Kenny’s former number two, Vinnie Perth (5/2), is hot on his heels.

Other outsiders in the running according to bookmakers include Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink (20/1), Kevin Blackwell (20/1), Keith Long (33/1), Jim Crawford (33/1), Pat Fenlon (33/1), David Jeffrey (33/1), Brian McDermott (33/1), Kenny Cunningham (33/1), Paul Doolin (33/1), Collie O’Neill (33/1), Ian Baraclough (33/1), Richie Foran (33/1), Brian Kerr (33/1) and Alan Reynolds (33/1).

Club captain Stephen O’Donnell is a 50/1 outsider alongside Roy Keane and John Caulfield while former Dundalk boss John Gill is at 66/1