Wednesday 20 February 2019

Richard Dunne: It will be difficult for Martin O'Neill to come back into the Ireland job after this

Ireland manager Martin O'Neill. Photo: PA
Ireland manager Martin O'Neill. Photo: PA

It will be tough for Martin O'Neill to stay on as Ireland manager even if he misses out on the Stoke City job, according to Richard Dunne.

O'Neill has met with officials from the Premier League club with a view to taking over the Potters, with his Ireland assistant Roy Keane reportedly set to move with him if he secures the role.

However, Espanyol manager Quique Sanchez Flores remains Stoke's first choice, so the FAI could be left in the awkward position of O'Neill coming back to his old job despite coveting a new one.

Speaking on Off The Ball last night, Ireland legend Richard Dunne said the situation had turned into a 'bit of a mess'.

"Nobody knows if he is coming or going and it is a difficult one for him to come back into," Dunne said.

"I think if he set his mind that he wants to leave and get another job, are the FAI happy to play second fiddle? I didn't get that so I will stay with you.

"There will have to be some strong conversations and try to sort it out between themselves because at the moment it looks like a bit of a mess."

"They need to come out and make a strong statement, either the FAI or Martin O'Neill, and sign the contract or go their separate ways and then we can start looking forward again with a manager that the players can follow and trust that he is going to be there for the long term," Dunne continued.

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

Online Editors

Editor's Choice

Also in Sport