Disappointed Martin O'Neill coy on his Ireland future
Martin OâNeill said that he would have to have really reflect on the impact of Tuesday night's devastating 5-1 defeat to Denmark at the Aviva Stadium.
But the Ireland manager also stated that he believed that an agreement remained in place to stay in charge for the next two years.
OâNeillâs Ireland missed out on World Cup qualification with the loss to the Danes, but the manager was asked could such a result impact on his intentions to stay in the job for a further two years.
"Iâll have to have a real think about it," responded OâNeill, who did not elaborate on the comment and, in fact, was really more intent on talking about the game, which was clearly still his main focus.
"We were beaten in a play-off game here. We fought tooth and nail to try and get into this position. This wasnât the first game of a new campaign, this was a play-off matc h to take us to the World Cup.
"The disappointment is obviously very, very strong tonight because we havenât been able to do it.
"But I have to commend the players on getting this far."
OâNeill had earlier stated that he would talk to FAI chief executive John Delaney over the next few weeks in relation to his future as Ireland manager.
The FAI previously announced an agreement had been reached with OâNeill to lead Ireland to the Dublin co-hosted Euro 2020 event, but the manager failed to give a definitive answer when asked would he sign the contract and whether the offer was still on the table.
"I"ll speak to John [Delaney] in the next couple of weeks" - Martin O'Neill
"What next for you?" asked a member of the media at the post-match press conference. "Are you going to sign that contract som etime soon? Is it still on the table."
"I havenât spoken to John since we spoke about it," said OâNeill.
"I thought there was an agreement. I"ll speak to John in the next couple of weeks."
One thing that was very clear in the managerâs mind was that he had just watched his side get destroyed on their own patch and OâNeill was really loath to look forward, before purging the disappointment and manner of tonightâs defeat.
Next up for Ireland will be the UEFA Nations League in 2018, which will take the place of international friendly games and offer a route to Euro 2020 qualification.
But the manager said that he would not be thinking about that particular competition in such close proximity to tonightâs play-off.
"I canât think of that tonight," said OâNeill.
"It is a major disappointment us not getting [to the World Cup] and because of that , my first thought tomorrow morning would not be about getting ourselves prepared for that competition. No, tonight, still disappointing."
The manager was also challenged on his defensive footballing approach to game and asked did he believe that his luck had run out at the Aviva Stadium.
OâNeill dismissed the "lucky manager" tag and said every manager is afforded an element of luck throughout their career.
"Thatâs simply not true," said OâNeill defiantly.
"I donât win those trophies that I have won both as a player and as a manager and have some luck. Everybody is entitled to a little bit of luck, so I totally disagree with you.
"But we were well beaten tonight by a side that was technically better than us and have a world class player playing in their team. But I donât agree with you about luck running out.
"It has been a commendable effort by the team and I have won enough trophies as a manager and I was involved in a UEFA final so I must have got some luck to get there."Source: Google News