The full text of a statement released by the FAI tonight:
The recent results against Sweden and Austria were very disappointing for everyone involved in Irish football, the manager, the players and supporters.
Our aim of qualification, although mathematically possible, is now highly unlikely even though the team will always do everything within their power to keep that hope alive.
The FAI Board of Management will now consider the current position over the coming days.
The post-match press conference which was due to take place this afternoon in Dublin has been cancelled