By James Dale
Last Updated: 15/11/17 6:50am
Martin O’Neill says he will have ‘a real think’ about whether to stay on as Republic of Ireland manager
Martin O’Neill says he will consider his future as Republic of Ireland manager after failure to qualify for the World Cup.
Shane Duffy headed O’Neill’s side into a sixth-minute lead at a sell-out Aviva Stadium for their crucial play-off decider against Denmark, but a Christian Eriksen hat-trick ended Ireland’s hopes of reaching Russia in a 5-1 second-leg defeat, following the goalless draw in Copenhagen.
O’Neill and assistant coach Roy Keane both verbally agreed contract extensions until 2020 last month
O’Neill, criticised for his negative approach in the away leg, has verbally agreed a contract extension with the Football Association of Ireland, along with his coaching staff, with their existing deals effectively expired.
But asked if the result would have any effect on his immediate future, O’Neill said: “Do you know what, I’ll have to have a real think about it.
“The disappointment obviously is very, very strong tonight because we haven’t been able to do it, but I have to commend the players on getting this far.”
O’Neill admitted Denmark were the better team on the night and deserved to progress to the World Cup
O’Neill took a more expansive approach in the second leg in Dublin, but believes they were always vulnerable without adding to their early goal.
“I’m really disappointed, obviously, we were well beaten in the end,” O’Neill said. “We got off to a really good start and had a chance maybe to make it 2-0 and we probably needed that.
“But the two goals we conceded in a couple of minutes knocked us for six.”