Brothers-in-war?

JIM Magilton and Steve Staunton could become brothers at war in the East Anglian derby next week.Staunton, who is Magilton's brother-in-law, has emerged as a contender for the vacant Norwich City manager's job just days after being sacked by the Republic of Ireland.

By Derek Davis

JIM Magilton and Steve Staunton could become brothers at war in the East Anglian derby next week.

Staunton, who is Magilton's brother-in-law, has emerged as a contender for the vacant Norwich City manager's job just days after being sacked by the Republic of Ireland.

The Canaries are understood to have asked Sir Bobby Robson - Ipswich Town president and the Republic's European Football Consultant - his views on Staunton, as their search for Peter Grant's replacement continues.

Staunton was relieved of his duties on Tuesday night after defeat by Cyprus at Dublin's Croke Park meant they could not qualify for next year's European Championship's even though they still have Wales to play next month.

The 41-year-old former Liverpool and Coventry City defender, was handed the national job despite having no previous managerial experience, even at club level.

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Although rocked by the dismissal Staunton is keen to get into club management as quickly as possible and City would provide an ideal opportunity.

With Jim Duffy remaining in caretaker charge for their game against West Brom on Saturday, City are keen to appoint their new man before the Blues visit Carrow Road for the televised clash on Sunday week.

A huge number of candidates have been linked to the City hot seat and the club faces competition in the managerial market from Leicester City, who are also back in the hunt for a boss after Gary Megson went to Bolton.

The Foxes and Canaries have also both been linked with Blackpool's Simon Grayson

Dion Dublin has thrown his hat into the ring as a potential player/manager but first is hoping to be fit enough to play in the local derby after injuring his back.

Paul Jewell remains a hot favourite, while Steve Tilson has made it clear to his Southend chairman that he would welcome the opportunity to talk to City.

Phil Parkinson, who is assistant to Alan Pardew at Charlton, is also a strong contender although rumours that Geraint Williams is a candidate have been quashed by Colchester.

The word in Stoke is that Tony Pulis is still a possibility given the fragile relationship he has with the Potters' board and unemployed Martin Allen has also appeared on most short-lists.

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