Republic of Ireland ensured their spot for the 2016 Euro’s after having secured triumphs over: Georgia, Gibraltar, Germany and Bosnia-Herzegovina. The team of Martin O’Neill collected 5 wins and 3 draws in the qualification phases and it was enough for Republic of Ireland to book their place in the next rounds of the European competition.
The current contract of Martin O’Neill as the head coach of Republic of Ireland runs through the 2016 Euro’s but and the Irish manager has voiced his desire to continue being in charge of the national side beyond what his contract has written.
He said: “Absolutely, I am open to it. We had a conversation after Scotland and John was very supportive, felt as if this is the way we want to go forward and that was very pleasing to hear. “I saw John Delaney on Friday and he said that we would sit down over the next couple of weeks which we intend to do.”
John Delaney is the Chief Executive of the Football Association of Ireland and Martin O’Neill stated that he has already held discussions with him regarding the possibility of having his own contract with the national team and considering how well things have been going for Ireland, there is a realistic possibility of Martin O’Neill staying in charge of Republic of Ireland beyond the 2016 Euro’s.
Republic of Ireland was pitted in group E along with Belgium, Sweden and Italy. The Italian outfit are the favorites on finishing at the top spot but the 2nd spot is expected to be tightly contested between the remaining teams.
The upcoming 2016 Euro’s matches of Republic of Ireland are scheduled to kick off on June of the ongoing year with Sweden being their opponent and 5 days later Martin O’Neill’s team will be locking horns with Belgium before eventually facing off with Italy.