Martin O’Neill’s reign as manager of the Irish soccer team has came to an end after five years.
The FAI said in a statement this morning, “The Board of the Football Association of Ireland have mutually agreed with Martin O’Neill to part company.”
“The management team of Roy Keane (assistant manager), Seamus McDonagh (goalkeeping coach), and Steve Guppy (assistant coach) have also parted company with the FAI.”
O’Neill came under pressure as Ireland manager having gone recorded just one win in 2018 and going six hours without a goal, a record not seen under any previous Irish manager.
Under O’Neill Ireland qualified for the last-16 of Euro 2016, were they fell to hosts France.
However a 5-1 home leg World Cup play-off defeat to Denmark 12-months saw the O’Neill side go into decline, seeing the side relegated to UEFA Nations League C this week.
1 – The Republic of Ireland scored just one goal in the 2018 UEFA Nations League; only San Marino (0) scored fewer, while the Irish also attempted fewer shots than every other team (22). Departure. pic.twitter.com/FU2sWJplzU
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“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” said FAI President Donal Conway.
“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.”