O’Neill, Keane leave Rep of Ireland after five years in charge

Joe Williams

Martin O’Neill has left his position as Republic of Ireland manager after five years at the helm.

O’Neill had been at the helm since 2013, leading the country to the last 16 of Euro 2016, and stands down by mutual consent after a disappointing UEFA Nations League campaign.

Assistant Roy Keane and O’Neill’s other backroom staff have also left their roles following Monday’s 0-0 draw with Denmark.

The Football Association of Ireland president Donal Conway said on the association’s official website: “On behalf of the FAI Board, I would like to thank Martin, Roy, and the management team for their work with the Republic of Ireland team over the last five years.”

O’Neill, who replaced Giovanni Trapattoni, in November 2013, guided Ireland to the Euro 2016 finals in 2016 and oversaw famous victories over Germany and Italy during his 55 games in charge.

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FAI chief executive John Delaney said: “I would like to thank Martin, Roy, and the management team for the impact that they had with the Ireland team.

“There have been many highlights during Martin’s reign – none more so than Euro 2016 in France, which will live long in the memory of all Irish supporters.

“Martin did a great job guiding the team out of a difficult qualifying group – where we beat World Champions Germany along the way – to reach Euro 2016 and advance to the last 16 following a historic victory over Italy in Lille.

“I wish Martin, and the management team, the very best for the future.”

Despite his achievements, O’Neill’s departure comes at the end of a calendar year during which the Republic won only one of the nine games they played, a run which culminated in Monday evening’s 0-0 Nations League draw with Denmark in Aarhus during which they did not muster a single shot on target.

In addition, they have gone 397 minutes of football without scoring a goal since Aiden O’Brien struck during September’s 1-1 friendly draw in Poland.