In the aftermath of the scoreless draw with Denmark, and with the final game of a dispiriting 2018 now out of the way for his struggling Irish team, Martin O’Neill was asked what he would like to say to his critics, a growing number of whom are calling on the FAI to bring his reign to an end.
“I would have nothing to say,” he told a group of journalists. “You’re gathered around here, you’ve been critical of me now for, well, if I look at it, probably since the Scotland game when we drew with them in 2015. So it’s been continuous.”
To the suggestion that this was maybe a bit harsh, the manager responded: “No, it’s true. It is. I read the things. At the end of the day, it’s been pretty strong. But I’m in a business where criticism is part of the game. And it’s not just part of the game, it’s a very strong part of the game. And you have to deal with that.”
Then he turned to what he regards as the much more important part of his job as Ireland manager.
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