The Football Association of Ireland announced on Wednesday morning that they had parted company with Martin O Neill and Roy Keane by mutual consent after a dreadful run of form and results which had seen his team win just once in nine matches during 2018.

O’Neill’s departure, along with those of assistant Roy Keane, goalkeeping coach Seamus McDonagh and assistant coach Steve Guppy, was confirmed in an FAI statement two days after Ireland ended a deeply disappointing first Nations League campaign with a 0-0 draw in Denmark.

It read: “The board of the Football Association of Ireland have mutually agreed with Martin O’Neill to part company.

“The FAI Board will meet promptly to discuss the process of recruiting a new manager.”

Former manager Mick McCarthy, who left Ipswich over the summer, has been installed as the favourite for the vacancy, while Steve Bruce, Chris Hughton and Neil Lennon have also been touted as contenders.

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