Martin O'Neill & Roy Keane axed Ireland suffer Nations League relegation

The Republic of Ireland have endured a wretched year under Martin O'Neill and Roy Keane

The Republic of Ireland have endured a wretched year under Martin O’Neill and Roy Keane

A familiar face in former Ireland boss Mick McCarthy was instantly propelled to the top of the next Republic of Ireland manager market, with Dundalk boss Stephen Kenny in hot pursuit.

RTÉ understands that a role within the coaching set up could be offered to Robbie Keane and that McCarthy - who gave Keane his worldwide debut in 1998 - would not be averse to working with Ireland's leading goal scorer.

The national side has won only once in their last eleven games.

With a lack of goals, quality and team harmony, Martin O'Neill and assistant manager Roy Keane simply couldn't stay in the job.

Former Ireland defender and current Brighton boss Chris Hughton has ruled himself out of the running.

Ireland recorded a memorable win over Italy at Euro 2016 in one of the highlights of O'Neill's reign
Ireland recorded a memorable win over Italy at Euro 2016 in one of the highlights of O’Neill’s reign

McCarthy, who has been out of work since leaving Ipswich in April, is believed to be keen on the role he relinquished after the 2002 World Cup and has the support of long-time Ireland left-back Ian Harte, who believes there is nobody better equipped for the job. When asked about the supporters' negative reaction to his decision to substitute debutant Barry Cotter, he said: "I won't have to listen to that again, that's my last game". I wouldn't say he was much of a hands-on on the training pitch. The day before a game you would do a few set-pieces here and there and then go into the game.

"We just don't have enough quality players to compete at the top end of the global game and that is especially the case in the attacking end of the team".

"You'd have a few players thinking, "We are going to play this shape" or you might have someone else thinking "I think it might be this one". You can't have that, especially at worldwide football, people not really sure on what their role is the next day.

"I don't have PR strategy", he said, "I don't have a dream team".

Doherty also spoke in-depth about O'Neill's approach as a manager. "There were odd occasions when it did happen".

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