Martin O’Neill laughs off suggestions he will become Aston Villa manager following Remi Garde’s departure

Martin O’Neill has responded to questions concerning his future as Republic of Ireland manager, following Remi Garde’s departure from Aston Villa.

The 63-year-old is currently contracted with the Irish FA until the end of Euro 2016, when he will assess his future with no new deal lined up to remain in charge.

He has been linked with a return to Villa Park, where he worked as manager between 2006 and 2010, but O’Neill has quickly laughed off speculation that he could be set to leave his current job to take charge of the Premier League strugglers.

When asked about the vacancy, O’Neill replied: “I have a job to do here. I am delighted with the job. How dare you ask me?”

Early frontrunners for the role include former Leicester boss Nigel Pearson, as well as David Moyes, who is out-of-work since having been sacked by Real Sociedad in November.

Roy Keane, who currently works as O’Neill’s assistant, has also been touted for a return to the Midlands club, having fulfilled a similar role under Paul Lambert.

The current Irish boss spoke on these rumours, responding when asked if Keane could be a candidate.

“Well, if he leaves tomorrow, I will be very disappointed,” O’Neill added.

Earlier today, former Villa striker Andy Gray told talkSPORT that the club need to hire a boss like Graham Taylor to lead them on a revival up the leagues.

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