Republic of Ireland boss Martin O’Neill has cast doubt over his future as manager of the national side, following their disappointing 5-1 loss to Denmark last night. O’Neill’s side took a early lead in the game, but were eventually undone by a Christian Eriksen hat-trick, ending their hopes of qualifying for Russia 2018.
It was another tough night for Republic of Ireland fans. Having held Denmark to a 0-0 draw in Copenhagen, The Green Army suffered a heavy defeat in the home leg of their World Cup play-off. Boss Martin O’Neill opted for a more attacking approach at a sold out Aviva Stadium, a tactic that initially paid off, when Shane Duffy fired the home side into an early lead inside 6 minutes. A Cyrus Christie own goal levelled the scores, before Spurs midfielder Christian Eriksen put the game to bed with a remarkable hat-trick.
O’Neill’s decision to play expansive attacking football ultimately lead to Ireland’s downfall, allowing Eriksen to easily find space in which to operate. The manager was also criticised for substituting central midfielders Harry Arter and David Meyler at half time, in favour of Wes Hoolahan and Aiden McGeady.
Former Ireland midfielder Keith Andrews later accused O’Neill of playing ‘gung ho’ football, labelling his country’s performance ‘clueless’.
Having failed to qualify for next year’s World Cup Finals, Martin O’Neill’s job has now been called into question. When asked if the result would effect his future with the team, 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.”