News broke this morning that the Republic of Ireland management team of Martin O’Neill and Roy Keane have resigned following Monday night’s drab 0-0 draw with Denmark.
The former Celtic manager took over in 2013 and immediately appointed the Manchester United legend as his assistant. A move that, at the time was seen as the dream ticket for Irish football fans.
It seemed like a perfect combination, and the squad enjoyed some great nights at the Aviva Stadium, in particular, an historic home win over Germany – World Champions at the time – that helped the side qualify for Euro 2016.
BREAKING: The Board of the Football Association of Ireland have mutually agreed with Martin O’Neill to part company.
— FAIreland ⚽️🇮🇪 (@FAIreland) November 21, 2018
The squad travelled to France two years ago and came home heroes after a late Robbie Brady goal secured a win over Italy that led to qualification for the knockout phase, where they ultimately fell short against the host nation.
Following Euro 2016, O’Neill was rewarded with a new contract but was unable to steer the team towards a World Cup place in Russia. A fantastic 1-0 win in Cardiff saw the side qualify for the playoffs, however the team fell to a morale crushing 5-1 second-leg defeat to Denmark.
Since then, performances dropped considerably, with 2018 viewed as the one of the worst years in Irish football’s history. The Republic of Ireland failed to score in their last four games – three of which where at home – and were ultimately relegated to pot 3 of the Uefa Nations League, a result that means the squad will face even tougher opposition to qualify for major tournaments.
O’Neill’s only win in 2018 came in a post-season friendly international with an under-strength USA side back in June.
The FAI released a statement this morning announcing that O’Neill had resigned.
“On behalf of the FAI Board, I would like to thank Martin, Roy, and the management team for their work with the Republic of Ireland team over the last five years.” FAI President, Donal Conway said.
“Martin ensured that we enjoyed some great nights in the Aviva Stadium and on the road in Lille, Vienna, and Cardiff, which were fantastic high points for Irish football.”
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