Richie Sadlier believes that the Republic of Ireland will need to change their management if they are to improve for the Euro 2020 qualifying campaign.
Ireland were heavily criticized for their performances in the UEFA Nations League that saw them relegated to League C. They gave another lacklustre performance against Denmark last night, meaning they have only secured one win in 10 games.
“Entertainment-wise, you’re talking rock bottom stuff. You would be concerned about the post-match comments from the manager. I know he has to stress the positives and give the indication that he is the one that can improve things but I’m running out of reasons to believe that things will get better.”
“We didn’t have a shot on target last night and there is no balance in trying to defend resolutely and being an attacking threat. It is time for a change.”
Speaking to RTE Soccer, the former international was adamant that the change must come in the management.
“That is absolutely my opinion. I would be very firm in that opinion. Things went very, very badly wrong in the play-off against Denmark, and things can go wrong in any game, but then you’re looking for signs of what has changed.”
“Keep Martin and Roy in charge and we will continue to get performances like that.”
“If you don’t make any kind of change, nothing will change.”
However, Sadlier doesn’t believe that the FAI will end their contracts prematurely.
“Martin and Roy are too expensive to be sacked.”
“That is just the reality. So I think we’re going to have to get used to them being in the job.”
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"Keep Martin and Roy in charge and we will continue to get performances like that. It is time for a change."
— RTÉ Soccer (@RTEsoccer) November 20, 2018