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Resigned: Martin O'Neill and Roy Keane leave jobs with Republic of Ireland

 

Martin O'Neill
Martin O'Neill

Martin O'Neill's five-year reign as manager of the Republic of Ireland is over.

Both he and his assistant Roy Keane have resigned from their positions meaning that the FAI are now on the search for a new international manager.

O’Neill, who led Ireland out of the group stage of the European Championships for the first time and was just one game away from qualifying for their first World Cup since 2002 this time last year, has endured a torrid 2018.

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The Ireland boss was summoned to emergency talks with FAI CEO John Delaney late on Tuesday night. And it led to the decision to part company by mutual consent.

The FAI board had grown alarmed with Ireland's loss of direction under O'Neill with the team failing to score a goal in the October and November double headers.

They won just one out of their nine games in 2018.

A statement from the FAI this morning confirmed O'Neill's exit.

The management team of Keane, Seamus McDonagh (goalkeeping coach), and Steve Guppy (assistant coach) have also parted company with the FAI.

FAI President Donal Conway said: “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.

“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.”

FAI Chief Executive John Delaney paid tribute to O’Neill by saying: “I would like to thank Martin, Roy, and the management team for the impact that they had with the Ireland team. 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.

“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.

“I wish Martin, and the management team, the very best for the future.”

The FAI Board will meet promptly to discuss the process of recruiting a new manager.

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