Ireland confirm O’Neill resignation as they start new boss search

Republic of Ireland are on the lookout for a new manager to lead them to Euro 2020 after Martin O'Neill stepped down on Wednesday.

Republic of Ireland are on the lookout for a new manager to lead them to Euro 2020 after Martin O’Neill stepped down on Wednesday.

The 66-year-old took charge of the national team in November 2013 and has enjoyed some success at the helm, notably when guiding the side to the knockout stage of Euro 2016 before losing to hosts France.

Ireland then lost a play-off against Denmark to miss out on a place at this year’s World Cup in Russia, while they have gone on a run of just one win in 11 games, culminating in their relegation from Group B4 of the inaugural Nations League having finished bottom behind the Danes and Wales.

O’Neill said after Monday’s 0-0 draw in Denmark that he was still ‘enthusiastic’ to do the job and expressed confidence that he could lead the team to the European Championship in 2020.

However, a statement on the Football Association of Ireland’s website on Wednesday morning confirmed his departure, along with assistant manager Roy Keane, goalkeeping coach Seamus McDonagh and assistant coach Steve Guppy.

FAI chief executive John Delaney added: ‘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.’

Former boss Mick McCarthy is being heavily linked with a return to the job as he is currently out of work after departing Ipswich at the end of last season, and punters using their free bet may want to back him to lead the Irish to Euro 2020.