John Brennan: FAI now facing the embarrassment of hosting the Euro 2020 draw without a manager

John Brennan: \FAI now facing the embarrassment of hosting the Euro 2020 draw without a manager\

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The pair were appointed in 2013 and guided the Republic to the last 16 of the 2016 European Championship.

However, they did not win a competitive game in 2018 and were relegated from Uefa Nations League Group B4.

“I thank Martin, Roy, and the management team for the impact they had,” said Football Association of Ireland (FAI) chief John Delaney.

Everything must end and the last 12 months have not been fun for anybody; ONeill, the FAI, players or supporters. Since Irelands heavy two-legged defeat by Denmark in the World Cup play-offs a year ago, there has not been a competitive victory and goals have dried up. While the…

“There have been many highlights during Martins reign – none more so than Euro 2016 in France, which will live long in the memory of all Irish supporters.”

To be fair, when I left Derry I didnt think I would be doing as well as I have been at the minute. I have been working hard on the training ground and its all clicked.

Martin ONeill Releases Statement After Irish Departure

ONeill, who leaves alongside his backroom team of Keane, Steve Guppy and goalkeeping coach Seamus McDonagh, signed a contract extension in January to remain as manager until 2020.

That second appearance – and a debut in a competitive fixture – arrived as a 65th-minute substitute in Monday nights clash with Denmark.

The FAI statement said the governing bodys board would “meet promptly to discuss the process of recruiting a new manager”.

Words cant describe making my debut. As a kid growing up thats all I wanted to do, to play football, to play for my country.

“I have had the great honour of managing the Republic of Ireland National football team for the past five years,” said ONeill on Wednesday afternoon.

After their World Cup 2018 qualification hopes ended in a humiliating 5-1 home defeat by Denmark, the Republics inaugural Nations League campaign was plagued by poor results and a string of off-field incidents.

Its every kids dream to play for their country and Im lucky enough to do it within six months of being at Portsmouth.

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In September, midfielder Harry Arter pulled out of the squad for games against Wales and Poland following a row with Keane.

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ONeill defended his assistant after audio emerged of defender Stephen Ward apparently describing the incident which led to Arters withdrawal.

The goalless draw in Aarhus was the final Nations League fixture of the campaign for Martin ONeills men.

Although Arter would return to the squad for Octobers fixtures, highly rated West Ham teenager Declan Rice has remained absent since September.

Martin ONeill has released a statement thanking his coaching staff, players, the FAI and the Irish fans following his departure from the Republic of Ireland earlier today. Having first taken charge in 2013, ONeill and assistant Roy Keane left today following a London meeting with FAI CEO John Delaney last night. It comes off a miserable run of form in 2018, in which Ireland won a single game – a friendly against the United States – and scored just four times in nine matches.

The London-born defender continues to consider whether to represent the Republic, for whom he has featured in three friendlies, or England.

I will not forget the night in Lille when we beat Italy to secure the nations best-ever achievement in the Euros competition, the terrific night we beat World Champions Germany at home in Dublin, or James McCleans goal in that euphoric win against Wales in Cardiff that put us through to the play-offs for this years World Cup.

Mick McCarthy leads the way after ONeill and Keane leave Ireland roles

Relegation to the third tier of Uefas new competition came as they collected just two points, scoring only once, in four games.

I have had the great honour of managing the Republic of Ireland National football team for the past five years and it is with a heavy heart that I leave this role. It was one of my lifetime ambitions to take charge of the Irish Senior squad and I would like to thank the FAI Board for giving me that opportunity.

Speaking after Mondays scoreless draw in Denmark, ONeill indicated that he wanted to remain in the job.

A special thanks to Roy Keane, my assistant, an inspirational figure in the world of football, Seamus McDonagh Steve Guppy and Steve Walford for their brilliant contributions and to those backroom staff at the FAI that were of enormous help to me.

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The 0-0 draw in Aarhus means the Republic, ranked 33rd in the world, have gone four matches without scoring a goal and failed to win a competitive match in 2018.

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The appointment of ONeill and former captain Keane in November 2013 was greeted by a wave of optimism among supporters following the decline of the team under Giovanni Trapattoni, which had seen the Republic slump to 67th place in the Fifa world rankings.

The Irish fans have been a source of motivation to myself, the team and the whole backroom staff, embodying the passionate Irish spirit and I thank them for their fervent support of the team.

Martin ONeill Ireland job on the line after crisis talks with John Delaney

The new management duo had almost a year to prepare for their first competitive fixture and successfully steered the side to Euro 2016 after a qualifying campaign that featured a 1-0 defeat of Germany before beating Bosnia-Herzegovina in a play-off.

I am also very proud of the relationships I have built with the players, who have carried the same spirit, imbued by the fans, onto the field.

A famous win against Italy at the European Championship secured a last 16 match against tournament hosts France but they were beaten 2-1 in Lyon.

Ireland should be optimistic of getting this playoff, given that they are handed to the highest-placed Nations League teams who fail to qualify for the Euros through the traditional route. If you were to rank teams based on their record in Leagues A and B in the Nations League – given that most of the League A sides will qualify for the Euros the traditional route, the odd couple that dont will look to League B opponents – Ireland stand 23rd of 24th. The only scenarios in which they would miss out on a playoff is six of the teams ranked ahead of Ireland or the six sides ranked below them fail to qualify via the group.

Martin ONeill & Roy Keane finally sacked by Ireland

Veteran players Robbie Keane and Shay Given retired after the end of the tournament but the Republic made a promising start to their 2018 World Cup qualifiers before a scoreless draw against Wales triggered a run of four competitive fixtures without a win and the heavy play-off loss to the Danes, which ended their prospects of qualifying for Russia.

Martin ONeill and Roy Keane sacked by Irish FA

“I will not forget the night in Lille when we beat Italy to secure the nations best ever achievement in the Euros competition,” reflected ONeill.

“The terrific night we beat the World Champions Germany at home in Dublin, or James McCleans goal in that euphoric win against Wales in Cardiff that put us through to the play-offs for this years World Cup.”

The championships are being staged across Europe in 2020, with Dublin set to host four games at the Aviva Stadium. Should the Republic of Ireland qualify, they will be guaranteed at least two games in Dublin.

In his 55 games in charge, ONeill had a win ratio of just over 34% with 19 wins, 20 draws and 16 defeats and he used a total of 65 players, including 28 international debutants.

After their Nations League relegation, Ireland face a potential nightmare draw, as they have dropped to the third pot in the seeding. The pots have been decided on the basis of Nations League performances.

The 66-year-old handed international debuts to 12 players this year as the former Leicester, Sunderland and Celtic manager looked to build a new-look squad for the start of the Euro 2020 qualifying campaign.

The playoffs consist of a one-off semi-final and then a final, with the higher-ranked side given home advantage in the semi-final.

The Republic will be among the third seeds for the European qualifiers when the draw is made in Dublin on 2 December.

Former Republic manager Mick McCarthy is already being linked with the job and, perhaps significantly, is available following his departure from Ipswich Town in April.

McCarthy guided the Irish to the 2002 World Cup finals and despite his infamous bust-up with Roy Keane on the eve of that tournament, remains highly regarded by the FAI.

He has experience in international management, having worked with South Africa and Portugal in the past. However, his reign with Portugal ended in controversy when he was sacked after a disappointing 2010 World Cup and hit with a six-month suspension for insulting an anti-doping team.

Even before ONeills departure, there were voices in the Irish media saying that Dundalk manager Stephen Kenny should be next in line following his successes with the League of Ireland champions.

Miguel Delaney of the Independent has revealed that sources close to the Portuguese boss indicate he is keen on the role. It comes after it was confirmed this morning that Martin ONeill and his assistant Roy Keane have parted company with the Republic of Ireland.

Martin ONeill and Roy Keane leave Republic of Ireland

Kenny guided Dundalk to the domestic double this year and his side have won the league title in four of his five seasons in charge.

Former Manchester United assistant Carlos Queiroz is reportedly interested in the vacant Republic of Ireland manager role.

Brighton boss Chris Hughton, who won 53 caps during his Republic career, is also high in the betting but the FAI could face a difficult task in prising him away from the Premier League club.

Read more In charge of a team with no apparent plan or purpose beyond – often unsuccessfully – trying not to concede goals, the jig has looked to be well and truly up for ONeill since OIreland made Wales look like samba boys from Brazil during Septembers 4-1 pasting. Now both parties have agreed to part company by mutual consent that was almost certainly more mutual on the FAIs part. There have been many highlights during Martins reign – none more so than Euro 2016 in France, which will live long in the memory of all Irish supporters, parped Delaney, the sight of whom being carried head high and barefoot through Sopot Square by his no longer adoring public in Poland during Euro 2012 will also live long in the memory of all who witnessed it.

Poor results – Ireland have won just one of their last 11 games and have not scored in 397 minutes of football – and uninspiring performances in the last year have seen O’Neill and Keane’s stock fall alarmingly and the boos which greeted the final whistle in last Thursday evening’s 0-0 friendly draw with Northern Ireland at a sparsely-populated Aviva Stadium are understood to have brought matters to a head.

While the champagne corks are popped by assorted players pleased to see the back of Roy Keane, the bad cop to ONeills … eh, not quite as bad cop, the hunt for their successors begins. With one avenue of qualification for Euro 2020 already closed off and the more orthodox method to begin in March, the FAI will be looking for somebody who can not only fashion a silk purse out of the current sows ear, but also do so on the cheap. Having given ONeill and Keane contract extensions last January, shedding them wont have been cheap and the finances of the FAI will take a big hit as a result of his departure.

Martin ONeill and Roy Keane part ways with Ireland national team

Stephen Kenny, boss of League of Ireland champions Dundalk, fits the bill, although his lack of big club or international experience will probably stand against him. Already familiar with the job, Mick McCarthy has let it be known he might be interested in taking it again and is available after storming out of Ipswich Town, flicking Vs last season. Others have suggested sending up the Big Sam insignia, although it seems unlikely the FAI could afford him, even if his penchant for drinking pints of wine make him an ideal candidate. Whatever happens, these are exciting times for the OIreland team, a sentence nobody who has seen them play in recent months could ever have envisaged reading as long as ONeill remained in charge.

He has a proven track record, already has a relationship with the FAI hierarchy and perhaps more importantly to a governing body still paying for the redevelopment of the Aviva Stadium, is available without the need to pay compensation after leaving Ipswich in April.

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Delaney was thrilled to unveil his “dream team” management duo in November 2013 and his faith in the pair was initially rewarded when they guided the Republic to the Euro 2016 finals and then to the play-offs for this summer’s World Cup.

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Press Association Sport understands McCarthy is interested in the vacancy and would relish the opportunity to pick up the reins he surrendered in 2002 once again, although he has recently rejected approaches from two English clubs and remains in demand.

Re: Tuesdays News, Bits and Bobs. Has Martin ONeills enthusiasm waned yet? – Jim Hearson.

“Martin did a great job guiding the team out of a difficult qualifying group – where we beat World Champions Germany along the way – to reach EURO 2016 and advance to the last 16 following a historic victory over Italy in Lille.

Re: creative refereeing interpretations (Fiver passim). Many years ago I was playing in the Forest of Dean League when, not only were we without an allocated ref, but the guy the other team volunteered had to use a hand bell he borrowed from the adjacent church. Happy days – Keith Lane.

I was playing a five-a-side match when a chunky centre-back arrived late and kicked our nippy striker up in the air. The referee waved play on and told our guy that it was his own fault for being too fast – Craig Fawcett.

Re: the Nations League anthem (Tuesdays Fiver): in medieval and Renaissance Europe, to write in Latin meant that you could be understood across the continent, beyond your own community of English-, French-, or whatever-speakers. In that sense, Giorgio Tuinfort clearly knows his history. In practice, though, writing in Latin meant that your audience was a small elite, scattered across the continent, who had more in common with each other than with the English-, French-, or whatever-speakers around them. In that sense, Giorgio Tuinfort clearly knows his Uefa – Adrian Armstrong.

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Wales boss Ryan Giggs is feeling fragrant and funky after his sides 1-0 defeat in Albania. The performance was not good enough, we deserved what we got, he fumed. We just turned up thinking we would win, someone would score the goal, someone would get us out of trouble.

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