Martin O’Neill has left his job as Republic of Ireland manager while assistant Roy Keane has also gone after a dismal run of form which culminated in relegation in the Nations League
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O’Neill and Keane had been in place for five years but the FAI announced on Wednesday that they had left their roles after finishing bottom of Group B4 in the inaugural Nations League, which resulted in relegation.
The Republic’s form has been dire this year, as they had won just once in 11 games while Monday’s 0-0 in Denmark was the fourth game in succession when they failed to score.
O’Neill’s tenure will be best remembered for when he guided Ireland to the last-16 in Euro 2016 but fans have been critical in recent weeks, with poor results and an unimaginative playing style which yielded no corners or shots on target against the Danes.
It seemed like something had to give, with the qualification campaign for Euro 2020 set to begin in March and the hunt is now on for O’Neill’s successor, with former Ireland boss Mick McCarthy, who left his position at Ipswich in April, among the names heavily linked (Ireland 150/1 – Euro 2020 Outright).
“I would like to thank Martin, Roy, and the management team for the impact that they had with the Ireland team,” said FAI chief executive John Delaney.
“There have been many highlights during Martin’s reign – none more so than Euro 2016 in France, which will live long in the memory of all Irish supporters.”
Stephen Kenny is currently manager of League of Ireland Premier club Dundalk.
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