FAI to hold crunch talks with Martin O'Neill, according to reports 2 years ago

FAI to hold crunch talks with Martin O'Neill, according to reports

Martin O'Neill is set to face crunch talks with the FAI over his future as Republic of Ireland manager.

Speculation has mounted on O'Neill's job security after Ireland were relegated to the third tier of the UEFA Nations League at the weekend. Ireland were unable to register a single win home or away against Wales and Denmark during the tournament, and have now failed to score in their last four matches.


Today, The Telegraph has reported that FAI President John Delaney called O'Neill to a meeting late on Tuesday night and that is future as manager is now under serious scrutiny.

Turnout for Ireland's most recent friendly, a 0-0 draw with Northern Ireland, was at least 20,000 below Aviva capacity — leading many to conclude that this Ireland team has finally become unwatchable.

There have been very few positives to take from the state of the side since the 5-1 defeat to Denmark in the World Cup play-off in late 2017.

O'Neill, who is aided by assistant manager Roy Keane, has remained defiant throughout his tenure, but it now appears as though the writing may be on the wall. Ireland are now in the third pot for qualification for Euro 2020, and could draw Germany as the second seeds in their group.