Martin O’Neill is now odds-on to step down as Republic of Ireland manager…
Heading into Tuesday night’s titanic World Cup playoff with Denmark, the nation of Ireland held its breath as a trip to Russia 2018 hung in the balance. Hours later, Ireland were not only out, they had been humiliated with Denmark smashing five goals past the Irish defence within 90 minutes.
Prior to the game, the notion of Martin O’Neill stepping down would have seemed nonsensical after the FAI had just recently released a statement announcing that they had reached an agreement regarding a contract extension with the Irish manager.
However, after the massacre at the Aviva Stadium, Martin O’Neill has acknowledged that he will have to discuss his future with FAI Chief Executive John Delaney while the 65-year-old is now odds-on to leave his job with Ireland before Christmas.
O’Neill’s new contract has yet to be signed. Would be a real surprise now if it actually does get signed.
— TheOpelJersey (@TheOpelJersey) November 14, 2017
“I thought there was an agreement. I’ll speak to [FAI chief] John Delaney – I’ve not spoken to him since we spoke about the new contract,” said O’Neill.
On the back of this latest turn of events, odds have been released on the next permanent Republic of Ireland manager with some very interesting names topping the list.
Roy Keane is the favourite with the Assistant Manager now less than 2/1 to take the top job while the hugely experienced Sam Allardyce is second on the list at 4/1. Some other big names also feature with Harry Redknapp being offered at a lengthy 50/1 while the highly rated Chris Hughton also features at 14/1.
Check out the odds in full below;