BREAKING: Search for new Ireland manager gets underway as Martin O’Neill and Roy Keane step down
THE Republic of Ireland are on the search for a new manager after parting company by mutual agreement with Martin O’Neill and Roy Keane this morning.
The decision followed a meeting last night in the UK between the association chief executive John Delaney and O’Neill.
The FAI confirmed the board will meet ‘promptly’ to discuss the process of recruiting a new manager. Dundalk manager Stephen Kenny, former Republic boss Mick McCarthy and Steve Bruce have all been mentioned as potential successors.
O’Neill has spent the last five years in charge of Ireland along with his assistant manager Roy Keane. But he has endured a torrid 2018 as Ireland were relegated from the Nations League B without winning a game, managing just one win in 11 games.
In a statement issued today, Delaney thanked O’Neill, Keane and the rest of their backroom 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,” said Delaney.
“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.”