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Cox may quit after Ireland's dismal Euro campaign

By John Flack in Antwerp

Ireland captain Jonny Bell and head coach Alexander Cox offered no excuses for the team's dismal performance at the European Championship which ended in relegation and the wooden spoon after a humiliating 4-0 defeat by Wales in Antwerp on Saturday.

Cox is considering his future in the post and indicated after the game that he could even jump ship ahead of the crucial Olympic qualifier in late October or early November.

Ireland went through the tournament without a win and sunk to a new low in Saturday's loss to Wales, who went into the tournament as the lowest-ranked team at 25th in the world - 14 places below Ireland.

Cox's team produced another below-par display, never looking like recovering after conceding two goals in the opening 20 minutes.

The coach said: "The most important thing now is the group tries everything to qualify for Tokyo but If I am the right man, I can't tell you now.

"This tournament, obviously I wasn't the right one. You have to be honest. As a coach, I am responsible and I failed to lead the group to better success in this tournament.

"I will look in the mirror and if I see a future for myself, I would like to stay on but If I don't see a future for myself, then its better not to stay on."

Bell added: "It's a low point for all of us but I suppose we all have to look at our individual performances from 1-18 in the squad."

"We can't be pointing fingers, we have just got to review the way we played in this tournament, what went wrong during those performances."

​"We probably don't have as many days together as a group as the top teams but in the past, that never held us back.

"Certainly against the likes of Wales and Scotland, there's absolutely no excuses and we'll be underdogs in the Olympic qualifiers."

Results: Pool C: England 3 Scotland 0; Wales 3 Ireland 0; bronze medal play-off: Germany 0 Netherlands 4; final: Belgium 5 Spain 0.

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