Euro 2008

Hunt - FAI must spend big

Republic winger wants top manager

Hunt: Looking forward

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Stephen Hunt has urged the Football Association of Ireland to spend 'big bucks' to recruit a top manager.

The FAI are on the lookout for a new Republic of Ireland boss after sacking Steve Staunton last month.

Terry Venables has been strongly linked with the role despite his involvement with England and Hunt, who made his international debut under Staunton, believes the FAI must show their ambition.

"He gave me my chance and I'm thankful for that, so I was disappointed when I heard he had gone," said the Reading winger.

"But it's one of those things because managers get the sack, just as players move on.

"It's now a fresh start and I'm looking forward to it. It's a new era and we have to look forward. There's no point looking back.

"As for a new manager, if you pay the big bucks then you usually get the best, which is one way of looking at it.

"It's the same with players. If you pay £20million then you get the best player."

Need to do better

Hunt appreciates that the players were also at fault for a lack of success during Staunton's reign, particularly in the 1-1 draw against Cyprus that proved to be his last game in charge.

"In the last game the players didn't do themselves justice, and didn't do him justice," said Hunt.

"It's you who crosses the line at the end of the day and you who has to perform.

"Overall I know I did okay for him. Maybe I let him down once or twice, and I'm honest enough to admit that.

"Certainly as players we are capable of qualifying for World Cups and

European Championships, and we know we need to do better."