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Martin O’Neill is in the managerial elite even if a top job eludes him | Daniel Taylor

The Republic of Ireland manager, once the favourite to succeed Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United, is unfortunate never to have had a chance at one of the biggest clubsBlink, and you might have missed the part Shepshed Charterhouse, in the puddles …

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Republic of Ireland’s Martin O’Neill: ‘We had to come here to win in Cardiff’ – video

The Republic of Ireland beat Wales 1-0 to book their place in the play-offs for the 2018 World Cup in Russia. James McClean scored the only goal to leave Martin O’Neill celebrating one of his more satisfying nights as national team manager. For Wales the wait continues, with defeat ending their bid to qualify for the tournament for the first time since 1958.

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Chris Coleman admits facing end as Wales manager after World Cup heartbreak

• ‘There will be a conversation in due course,’ says manager
• Martin O’Neill hails Republic of Ireland after sealing play-off berth

Chris Coleman admitted his time as Wales manager might be coming to an end after the 1-0 win that put the Republic of Ireland into the World Cup play-offs and left his own team reflecting on an agonising end to their bid to qualify for the tournament for the first time since 1958.

Coleman’s contract runs out next summer and he has previously indicated this would be his last qualifying programme in charge of the team he led to the Euro 2016 semi-finals.

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Martin O’Neill’s odd gumption could be key to beating Wales in Cardiff

The Republic of Ireland manager is not cowed by doom-or-glory scenarios, and his players will need similar resilience to triumph in crucial World Cup qualifier

If Bear Grylls ever decides to stop making TV shows, perhaps Martin O’Neill could replace him. The Northern Irishman might not be able to tell viewers which plants to eat or how to make a bivouac from turtle faeces – in fact, his methods might remain unclear throughout the entire series – but he would probably survive and thrive, nonetheless.

It is a rare and fascinating quality that O’Neill has, some kind of gumption that means he and anyone he leads regularly finds a way to prevail in awkward environments, including messes of their own creation. He appears to revel in doom-or-glory scenarios. Which is why Monday’s World Cup qualification showdown between the Republic of Ireland and Wales in Cardiff is right up his street. There is no danger of him playing down the significance of the match to his players.

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Republic of Ireland to draw inspiration from famous wins when facing Serbia

• Martin O’Neill’s side will head Group D with win in 2018 World Cup qualifier
• ‘We can use our fightbacks and grandstand finishes’

When the Republic of Ireland go into battle against Serbia here on Tuesday night, they will be fighting not only to climb above the visitors in top spot in World Cup qualifying Group D but also to settle a dispute that has long divided Irish fans and was intensified by a bleak 1-1 draw in Georgia.

To some Martin O’Neill, who took charge in November 2013, deserves praise for overseeing better results than could reasonably be expected from a mediocre squad. To others those results are an anomaly that cannot be sustained by a manager whose unimaginative approach makes his playing resources look more limited than they really are.

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Republic of Ireland’s Martin O’Neill unhappy with first half against Georgia – video

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill says his side were simply not good enough in the first half during their 1-1 draw away to Georgia in World Cup qualifying, and says his team will have to be at their best against Serbia on Tuesday. Ireland are one of three teams unbeaten in Group D but are now just two points above third-placed Wales

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Only a win will do against Austria, Martin O’Neill tells Republic of Ireland

• O’Neill wants his side to be positive and focus on beating Austria
• Jon Walters recovers from a knee problem and could captain Ireland

Martin O’Neill has warned his Republic of Ireland players not to take a backward step as they strive to reach next year’s World Cup and knock one of their main rivals, Austria, out of the running. The teams face off in Dublin on Sunday in a match of pivotal importance in one of Europe’s most competitive groups.

Related: Séamus Coleman broken leg sours Republic of Ireland draw with Wales

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Only a win will do against Austria, Martin O’Neill tells Republic of Ireland

• O’Neill wants his side to be positive and focus on beating Austria
• Jon Walters recovers from a knee problem and could captain Ireland

Martin O’Neill has warned his Republic of Ireland players not to take a backward step as they strive to reach next year’s World Cup and knock one of their main rivals, Austria, out of the running. The teams face off in Dublin on Sunday in a match of pivotal importance in one of Europe’s most competitive groups.

Related: Séamus Coleman broken leg sours Republic of Ireland draw with Wales

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Martin O’Neill furious at Everton’s Ronald Koeman over James McCarthy

• Ireland manager labels Everton coach ‘master tactician of blame game’
• Midfielder returned after international duty with a hamstring injury

Martin O’Neill has hit back over the Republic of Ireland’s handling of James McCarthy, labelling Ronald Koeman a “master tactician of the blame game”. O’Neill came under attack from the Everton manager after the midfielder returned to Merseyside injured following the international break and Koeman accused the Ireland coach of “not protecting the player”.

However, O’Neill released a statement which read: “The Everton manager, master tactician of the blame game, has struck out in his comments today, criticising both myself and James McCarthy. Perhaps a review of Everton’s pre-season programme might provide some enlightenment.”

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Martin O’Neill says surgery on Séamus Coleman’s broken leg was a success

• ‘It’s a double break but it has been pinned up now and screwed in’
• O’Neill reluctant to put timescale on defender’s recovery

The Republic of Ireland manager, Martin O’Neill, has confirmed the surgery on Séamus Coleman’s broken leg has been a success.

The Everton defender suffered a double break of his right leg following a tackle by Wales’ Neil Taylor in Friday’s 0-0 draw in Dublin.

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Séamus Coleman’s leg break a huge blow to club and country, says Martin O’Neill

• Republic of Ireland and Everton full-back injured in draw
• Wales coach Chris Coleman defends ‘devastated’ Neil Taylor

Martin O’Neill described Séamus Coleman’s broken leg as a huge blow to the Republic of Ireland and Everton after the right-back suffered a horrific injury that overshadowed the goalless draw against Wales. Neil Taylor received a straight red card for the reckless challenge that led to Coleman leaving the field on a stretcher and being taken to hospital.

Taylor tried to apologise to Coleman after the game but the Ireland defender had already left the stadium.

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Roy Keane hits out at Koeman over Everton and Republic of Ireland row

• Republic of Ireland assistant wades in on James McCarthy’s withdrawal
• Martin O’Neill’s players have first training session before match against Austria

Roy Keane has hit out at Everton’s Ronald Koeman after wading into a festering club versus country row.

Related: James McCarthy out of Republic of Ireland’s trip to Austria due to injury

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Ronald Koeman laments Republic of Ireland duty ‘killing’ James McCarthy

• Everton midfielder was ‘massively overloaded’ by two games in four days
• McCarthy had groin surgery since last playing for his club on 23 August

Ronald Koeman has issued a scathing attack on Martin O’Neill’s treatment of James McCarthy and accused the Republic of Ireland of “killing” the Everton midfielder.

Related: Everton’s Farhad Moshiri to visit two sites for proposed new stadium

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Road to Russia 2018: how will Northern Ireland, the Republic and Wales fare?

Their performances at Euro 2016 in France offered much encouragement but the three nations will need to step up a gear to reach the World Cup finalsWhat personnel changes have there been? Continue reading…

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The gifs that keep on giving: Serena Williams, Andy Murray and a tough ref

Featuring Martin O’Neill, a boxing referee taking one to the face, a woman skating down steps without a board and a table tennis shot that was never coming back

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Robbie Keane and Shay Given symbolise Ireland’s changing of the guard

Exit from Euro 2016 is expected to bring retirement for a number of Republic of Ireland stalwarts after a new generation of players came of age in France

At full time in Lyon, as the Republic of Ireland players made their way to the green corner of the stadium amid the tears and cheers after the 2-1 defeat to France on Sunday, it was hard not to ignore the symbolism of Shay Given and Robbie Keane, arms around each other, bidding farewell.

This may have been the tournament where a new generation of Republic of Ireland players came of age but Euro 2016 has also ushered out some of the nation’s greatest names.

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Republic of Ireland can live with the best – creating optimism for 2018 World Cup

Martin O’Neill’s side scared France before going out of Euro 2016 and his players no longer have inferiority complexes with qualifying for Russia on the agenda

Never mind the qualification victory over Germany, the test of nerve that was overcome in the play-off against Bosnia-Herzegovina or the famous win over Italy in their final group match at Euro 2016, which might just have been the Republic of Ireland’s finest in tournament football.

Related: Ireland’s unquenchable spirit burns fiercely until the end in lion’s den

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Republic of Ireland unhappy with France’s Euro 2016 advantages

• Republic of Ireland get less than 5,000 tickets for 59,000-capacity stadium
• Martin O’Neill: allocations ‘totally disproportionate’ and ‘seriously one-sided’

Martin O’Neill has criticised the disproportionate ticket distribution for Republic of Ireland’s last-16 tie with France, but backed his players to overcome the advantages loaded in the host nation’s favour at the Stade de Lyon.

Ireland were allocated 4,500 tickets for the game against opponents who have had three more days to prepare than their opponents. A request by the Football Association of Ireland to Uefa for extra tickets yielded a measly 104 for the 59,000-capacity stadium and O’Neill, whose team were backed by almost 25,000 fans against Italy in Lille, believes the allocation represents a significant disadvantage against the tournament hosts.

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Republic of Ireland’s Martin O’Neill: I don’t think I’ve ever been prouder

• Manager salutes special and emotional night after Italy are beaten
• ‘I think I lost myself a little bit when I scored’, says Robbie Brady

Both Martin O’Neill and his goalscoring man of the match Robbie Brady confessed their emotions were all over the place as the Republic of Ireland beat Italy to book a place in the last 16 of Euro 2016.

“I don’t think I’ve ever been prouder,” the Republic manager said. “I’ve had some great nights but this was very special. It all became very emotional at the end. We deserved to win the game but I must admit I thought the chance had gone when the goalkeeper saved from Wes Hoolahan. It doesn’t matter now though, it was a phenomenal win, a phenomenal night.”

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Martin O’Neill uses recent past to inspire Ireland in must-win game with Italy

Republic manager invokes spirit of his side’s qualifying win over world champions Germany to fire up his players for their final Group E match in Lille

The minor miracle, given the swaths of Republic of Ireland fans in Paris, was that the players went unrecognised as they enjoyed a day to shake their heads clear. “We went into Paris on Sunday for a coffee and just chilled out,” Wes Hoolahan, the midfielder, said. “It was nice to get out of the hotel in Versailles. We went to the Champs Élysées, walked around, did a bit of shopping, went to the Eiffel Tower. Nobody saw us, so we could just chill out.”

Anonymity had been the theme for the Ireland players on Saturday, but for rather less intentional reasons. After the elation over the manner of their performance against Sweden in the opening round of Group E fixtures, when they drew 1-1 but might have won, there was surprise and anger at how they did not turn up against Belgium.

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