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Martin O’Neill during the Denmark match.  If he’s okay to continue with his hands-off approach then people are going to query it when it looks like his team lack guidance. Photograph: Reuters/Lee Smith

The plan, if there was one, failed miserably. The players, normally so dependable, made basic mistakes. The manager, despite his claims to know what t(...)

The draw for the 2018 World Cup in Russia will take place on December 1st at the Kremlin. Photo: Dmitry Rogulin\TASS via Getty Images

The wait goes on. Next summer it will be 16 years since Ireland reached a World Cup and, at the very least, that run will reach 20 even if we qualify (...)

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill during the second leg against Denmark. Photograph: Action Images via Reuters/Lee Smith

As the Republic of Ireland’s gruelling campaign to qualify for next summer’s World Cup came to an ignominious close on Tuesday night, it was clear tha(...)

The Irish management team look on during the second leg of the Republic's playoff against Denmark. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

It is likely to be at least a month and possibly the new year before it is confirmed that Martin O’Neill has signed a new contract but it is all but c(...)

FAI chief executive John Delaney  at the Ireland-Denmark game. The association would have been guaranteed about €6.8 million in prize money for participating at the tournament. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Ireland’s defeat to Denmark on Tuesday night represents a significant blow to the FAI as it continues its long-running battle to clear the huge burden(...)

Eamon Dunphy was critical of Martin O’Neill for once again failing to start Wes Hoolahan. Photograph: Alan Betson.

Eamon Dunphy has said Martin O’Neill is no longer a good manager and makes too many mistakes. Speaking after Ireland’s devastating 5-1 defeat to Den(...)

Stephen Ward loses the ball to Yussuf Poulsen, leading to Denmark’s second goal against Ireland. Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

Nobody is too surprised today, are they? Not really, not honestly. Maybe there’s an innate fatalism that comes along with hanging around with Ireland (...)

A dejected Shay Given and Mick McCarthy after Ireland’s 2-1 defeat to Belgium in Brussels. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Ireland’s 5-1 defeat to Denmark on Tuesday night was galling for a number of reasons. Most obviously - it means there will be no World Cup appearance(...)

Christian Eriksen celebrates with Denmark fans after his side’s 5-1 win over Ireland. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

As Ireland capitulated on Tuesday and the Aviva Stadium rapidly emptied, with glum faces slinking off into a miserable night, the party was just getti(...)

The Republic of Ireland’s James McClean (right) and Daryl Murphy stand dejected after a 5-1 defeat to Denmark on Tuesday night ended their World Cup qualification hopes. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Ireland have joined two of European football’s long-established aristocrats, Italy and Holland, in being absent from next summer’s World Cup after a d(...)

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