Sunday 18 March 2018

'It's like being engaged, you shouldn't be going out with other people' - Eamon Dunphy on 'embarrassing' O'Neill situation

Martin O'Neill
Martin O'Neill

Eamon Dunphy has said that the uncertainty surrounding the future of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill is 'embarrassing for the FAI'.

Although O'Neill agreed a new contract with the association in October, he has yet to put pen to paper on the deal and this week met officials from Stoke City about taking over at the Premier League club.

It appears that the Potters have instead offered the job to Spaniard Quique Sanchez Flores, which leaves O'Neill's position with Ireland up in the air.

Speaking to the News At One on RTE Radio 1, Eamon Dunphy weighed in on the managerial saga.

"It is embarrassing for the FAI," Dunphy said.

"Despite having interviewed for it, it looks like O'Neill won't be getting the job. The embarrassment is that the FAI and O'Neill agreed a contract on principle in October and O'Neill has delayed in signing the contract until now, which is a time of year when Premier League managers tend to be sacked or changed.

"It appears that although O'Neill agreed a contract with the FAI, he was still open to offers from other people."

"I can't think of another national association that would allow their manager to stall in this way," he continued.

"They need to explain why having reached an agreement and made an offer, their manager hasn't accepted the offer and is making himself available to other suitors. It is like being engaged, you shouldn't be going out with other people. It is a little bit embarrassing."

If O'Neill does leave, former Ireland manager Mick McCarthy is a 3/1 favourite to return to the role.

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