With criticism mounting of his management methods, as well as the team’s style of play, Martin O’Neill remains adamant he will guide the Republic of Ireland to European Championship qualification despite another dismal defeat to Wales.
The 1-0 loss in Dublin means Ireland will almost certainly be relegated from their Nations League Group and will be among the third seeds when the draw for the Euro qualifiers is made in December.
This is undoubtedly the toughest period of O’Neill’s five-year reign and his detractors are becoming increasingly emboldened on the other side of the Irish Sea following a run of five competitive games without a win.
That poor run was accentuated on Tuesday night when they were beaten at home by a young Wales side deprived of star players Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey, just a month after losing 4-1 in Cardiff.
O’Neill, though, was the epitome of defiance when asked about his future, staring down the hostility towards him with a series of evocative statements.
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