Ireland internationals react to Martin O'Neill's departure from national team
A host of Irish football internationals have had a mixed reaction to the news of Martin O'Neill's departure from the Republic of Ireland squad.
O'Neill parted ways with the FAI on Wednesday after mutually agreeing to leave his post with the national team after five years in charge.
The former Celtic, Aston Villa and Sunderland boss brought Ireland to the knockout stages of Euro 2016 and it was not lost on winger James McClean who publicly praised O'Neill for his achievements during his time with the team.
Martin O’Neill statement on the end of 5-year reign as Ireland manager pic.twitter.com/tHrnAVaeg4
— Rob Harris (@RobHarris) November 21, 2018
It’s been an incredible journey over the past 5 years. From the highs of Gelsenkirchen, Lille,Vienna to Cardiff. You’ve helped me and my teammates achieve things many thought we couldn’t.I’ll always be grateful to you for giving me the chance to represent my country. Thank you 🇮🇪 pic.twitter.com/pITxaQICsr
— David Meyler (@DavidMeyler) November 21, 2018
Brian Kerr sticks the boot into the FAI board- and rules himself out of running to replace Martin O’Neill: pic.twitter.com/xAbpZO9WJF
— Derek Ryan (@derekryan) November 21, 2018
— Robert Redmond (@RobRedmond10) November 21, 2018
"Keep Martin and Roy in charge and we will continue to get performances like that. It is time for a change."
Strong words from @richiesadlier as he thinks Martin O'Neill can no longer get enough from the @faireland players https://t.co/kQRNwCFi0O pic.twitter.com/1fNJ7DerLk
— RTÉ Soccer (@RTEsoccer) November 20, 2018
I for one think O'Neill and Keane done well during their time, great run at the euros, with some great moments and a WC playoff. 2018 was a shocking yr and I agree it was time for a change but show some respect for the good times they brought us! #COYBIG
— Stephanie Roche (@StephanieRoche9) November 21, 2018
Martin O’Neill had to go. What him and his staff were serving up was totally unacceptable. From his approach towards games to his defensive attitude both on & off the pitch it just couldn’t continue. The shake up shouldn’t stop there either whole set up needs changing.
— Alan Cawley (@alancaw) November 21, 2018
A host of managers have been linked with replacing O'Neill with Mick McCarthy, Stephen Kenny, Sam Allardyce, Carlos Queiroz, Neil Lennon and a host of others all mentioned as potential candidates.