Martin O’Neill ‘will speak’ to FAI about his future

Ireland manager has a verbal agreement in place to remain on but nothing is signed

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill laments his side's poor defending as Denmark qualify for the 2018 World Cup with a 5-1 win in Dublin.

 

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill was defiant when asked if his side’s 5-1 hammering at the hands of Denmark in their World Cup qualifying playoff second leg would have any effect on his verbal agreement with Football Association of Ireland chief executive John Delaney over a contract extension.

As yet, nothing has been signed by O’Neill or any of his backroom team to keep them on.

O’Neill said: “I haven’t spoken to John since we talked about it, so I’ll speak to John, I’m sure. There was an agreement, but I’ll speak to John in the next couple of weeks.”

He was irked by a suggestion that his luck had finally run out on a night when a positive start unravelled alarmingly.

He said: “That’s simply not true. I didn’t win those trophies that I have won both as a player and as a manager and have some luck. Everybody is entitled to a little bit of luck, so I totally disagree with you.

“We were well beaten tonight by a side that was technically better than us and have a world-class player playing in their team, but I don’t agree with you about luck running out.

“The disappointment is obviously very, very strong tonight because we haven’t been able to do it, but I have to commend the players on getting this far.”

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