Saturday 24 February 2018

'He likes to have a moan': Martin O'Neill responds to Jogi Low's bitter comments about teams like Ireland

Will Slattery

Will Slattery

After Germany were eliminated from Euro 2016, Jogi Low lamented the fact that the tournament had been expanded.

Judging by his comments, the German manager seemed to suggest that his team were adversely impacted by a lower standard in this year's European Championships.

"I think 24 teams are too many," he said on "The World Cup's going to be increased to 40 teams and it's getting more and more, and that's a problem in the long term.

"Sometimes you get the feeling it's not doing football any good. The quality is suffering."

Defender Mats Hummels echoed Low's sentiments, which indirectly criticised Ireland as they were one of the teams who qualified as a result of the new format.

Speaking on TV3's coverage of tonight's Euro 2016 final, Ireland boss Martin O'Neill addressed Low's 'moaning'.

"He has a moan about everything," O'Neill said.

"He had a moan about us the time we beat them in the game in October.

"He does like to moan a bit. He doesn't like to moan when they win the game themselves. With some of the bigger nations, it is a bit like it the FA when top sides didn't want to travel to non-league sides in case they were embarrassed."

O'Neill, who has agreed a deal to manage the Boys in Green for their upcoming World Cup qualifying campaign, also disagreed with the German duo's assertion that the standard of Euro 2016 had been significantly lower than in tournaments past.

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