Irish fans want Martin O’Neill and Roy Keane to stay in the job

According to a Paddy Power opinion poll most of the fans want the pair to continue as the Irish management team. We didn't ask any of the players though ...


Irish soccer fans want Martin O’Neill and Roy Keane to continue managing the Republic of Ireland football team.

According to a poll carried out on behalf of Irish bookmaker Paddy Power, 38% of the Irish public don’t want to see Martin O’Neill and Roy Keane replaced.

In the wake of the Declan Rice and Harry Arter dramas, many called for heads to roll. But according to the public, despite the recent rough period for the Irish soccer team, there is little appetite for change at the helm of the squad.

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Almost 28% of people surveyed in the Paddy Power/Red C poll, in which a random sample of 1000 adults aged 18+ were surveyed by telephone between the 3rd and 10th of October 2018, agreed that it is time for a change in management of the Irish football team by removing Martin O’Neill and Roy Keane.

But a significant 10% more, or 38% of the Irish public don’t want to see Martin O’Neill and Roy Keane replaced.


The results show that the pair are most popular among the 45-54 age bracket, and least popular with those aged 35-44. Interestingly, Martin and Roy are more popular with women than men, with 36% of men agreeing they should be removed, compared to just 21% of females.

As the Republic of Ireland prepare for their second game in three days in the UEFA Nations League, they head into the make-or-break clash against Wales on Tuesday night as 7/5 favourites, following a 0-0 draw against Denmark on Saturday.

“Martin O’Neill and Roy Keane have come in for a hell of a lot of criticism lately. But despite their lack of success, our love affair with the pair is far from over, and the current crop of Irish fans remain as loyal to them as Giovanni Trapattoni was to Glenn Whelan back in the day,” a spokesperson for Paddy Power said.  

According Paddy Power, a 1-0 win against Wales or a 0-0 draw looks the most likely result on Tuesday night at odds of 11/2.

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