LIAM MACKEY: Martin O'Neill dismisses critics but will hear what FAI have to say

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.”

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