Ireland sacked O’Neill and Roy Keane following a shocking year of results
Ireland decided to part with manager Martin O’Neill and his assistant Roy Keane after a run of six matches without a victory, the country’s Football Association said on Wednesday.
Their last game in charge was a goalless draw against Denmark in the UEFA Nations League on Monday.
“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.”
Former Leicester City and Celtic manager O’Neill was appointed in November 2013 and had 55 games in charge. Former Manchester United midfielder Keane won 67 caps for Ireland and had been O’Neill’s right-hand man for five years.
The early signs were encouraging with Ireland qualifying for the Euro 2016 Championship. Ireland then progressed to the last 16 after a group stage win over Italy.
Their run was ended by a 2-1 defeat at the hands of hosts France after having taken an early lead.
Ireland reached a playoff for this year’s World Cup finals in Russia but were thrashed 5-1 at home by Denmark, having drawn the first leg 0-0 in Copenhagen.
The FAI said its board would meet promptly to discuss the process of recruiting a new manager. Ideally they would like to have one in place before their Euro 2020 qualifying stage draw in Dublin on Dec. 2.
Former Ireland defender and manager Mick McCarthy is available and one of the favourites to replace O’Neill.
REUTERS/Reporting by Graham Fahy and Martyn Herman, editing by Christian Radnedge and Mark Heinrich