Irish Eyes Smiling At Allardyce!

Last updated : 26 January 2008 By Footy Mad - Editor

The former Bolton Wanderers boss was sacked by Newcastle United at the beginning of the month and has been taking a break with his family.

But the Daily Mail reports Big Sam is the man the FAI wants to lead the Irish team as they bid to qualify for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

The Irish have been looking for a new manager since sacking Steve Staunton at the end of last year.