O’Neill will “have to have a real think” about his future

Martin O’Neill says he will have to “have a real think” about his future as Republic of Ireland manager.

The 65 year old has come in for criticism for the boys in green’s performance in the 5-1 defeat to Denmark in Dublin last night, particularly over his decision to withdraw both David Meyler and Harry Arter at half time.

However, O’Neill says he “thought there was an agreement” in place with FAI chief John Delaney regarding a new contract.

“I haven’t spoken to John(Delaney) since we spoke about it (the contract),” he said after last night’s demoralizing defeat.

“I thought there was an agreement. I”ll speak to John in the next couple of weeks.”

O’Neill also backed his team to bounce back in a tense and defiant post-match interview with RTÉ’s Tony O’Donoghue.

“We were well beaten in the end, no question about that. We got off to a great start,” he told RTÉ Sport.

“The second goal might have made a big, big difference. However we conceded two really sloppy goals within the period of a couple of minutes.

“The [Denmark] goals were so, so sloppy. Harry Arter get’s beaten fine, we should still be able to clear the ball. We haven’t done that. Then the next goal was just a comedy of mistakes.

“It was a long way back after that.”

The Irish manager also discussed his decision to substitute both Harry Arter and David Meyler at half time, and said there was no point “dying wondering”.

“You’re just hoping that Wes might be able to create something for us, the same with McGeady.

“We had to go for it. There is no point in dying wondering.”

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