Manager Martin O’Neill and his assistant Roy Keane have parted company with the Republic of Ireland.
The pair took over the reins in 2013 and arguably the most successful period of his time in charge was in 2016, when he guided the Republic to the last 16 of the European Championships. That competition saw them go through their group with a draw against Sweden and a historic win over Italy, before losing 2-1 to a strong France team in the last 16.
However, they did not win a competitive game in 2018 and were relegated from Uefa Nations League Group B4, a group that consisted of Denmark and Wales. In all competitions, they have won just 1 game in the last 11, not scored in the last 3 matches, and in the Nations League the standout defeats included a 5-1 loss at home to Denmark, and a 4-1 away defeat to Wales, prompting many an offer from bet365 to back an ending to the relationship between manager and team.
“I thank Martin, Roy, and the management team for the impact they had,” said Football Association of Ireland (FAI) chief 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.”
O’Neill, who leaves alongside his backroom team of Steve Guppy and goalkeeping coach Seamus McDonagh, signed a contract extension in January to remain as manager until 2020.
After their World Cup 2018 qualification hopes ended in a humiliating 5-1 home defeat by Denmark, the Republic’s inaugural Nations League campaign was plagued by poor results.
Relegation to the third tier of Uefa’s new competition came as they collected just two points, scoring only once, in four games.
The 0-0 draw against Denmark in Aarhus on Monday means O’Neill’s team has now gone four matches without scoring a goal and the Republic, ranked 33rd in the world, failed to win a competitive match in 2018.
Recent reports suggest the new man to fill the Republic of Ireland hot-seat could be Mick McCarthy, the same man with who Roy Keane had his infamous clash in 2002 and refused to travel with the squad for the World Cup. As such it is very unlikely Keane could form part of any setup going forward.