Ireland manager Martin O’Neill has outlined that he does not fear for his job, regardless of the results in his side’s upcoming UEFA Nations League ties against Denmark and Wales.
Speaking to the media at the Aviva Stadium on Tuesday, O’Neill was questioned on his future as Irish manager but spoke confidently about his achievements and played down any rumours that, should the games against Denmark and Wales not go his side’s way, then he could find his job in jeopardy.
“If you look at it, we’ve qualified for the Euros, a couple of years ago,” began O’Neill.
“I think it was the best we ever did in the Euros. We were fourth seeds — we got to the play-offs and we’d lost one in 11 before that. So these two [last competitive] games apart, I don’t really fear [for my job].
“There’s always pressure. There’s pressure on managers every single day of the week.”
O’Neill will certainly be used to the pressure that comes with his job. Ireland were well and truly beaten by both of their upcoming opponents the last time they faced them, and off the back of the 5-1 defeat to Denmark and the 4-1 defeat to Wales, many fans had been calling for the former Celtic boss’ head.
In their last game, however, a friendly against Poland, O’Neill’s men saved face slightly, picking up a 1-1 draw away from home despite having a host of first-team names missing through injury.
O’Neill also confirmed that despite receiving another managerial offer from an unnamed party, he elected to stay on as the Irish boss with the hopes of securing qualification for the next European Championships in 2020.
“I had a possibility of leaving to go to another job and I thought I’d like to stay on and see if we can qualify for this competition. The Euros start in earnest in March time or so. We’ll see.”
After a disappointing start to the UEFA Nations League campaign with defeat to Wales, Ireland will be looking to put themselves back into the mix in their group with two good results, starting with Denmark on Saturday, and Giggs’ men again next Tuesday.