TheCity.ie spoke to Irish soccer fans before the game with Northern Ireland at the Aviva Stadium on November 15th.
The verdict over whether Martin O’Neill was still the man to lead Ireland was unanimous among supporters. Many have since got their wish as the Football Association of Ireland parted ways with both Martin O’Neill and Roy Keane.
The pair endured a turbulent end to their stints in the Irish setup with a lack of quality on the pitch and an abundance of controversy off it.
The duo had enjoyed some of Irish soccer’s fondest memories including a victory against Italy in reaching the last 16 of Euro 2016 and win over the World Cup holders Germany at the Aviva stadium.
A crucial victory away to Wales ensured a World Cup qualification playoff in 2017 before succumbing to Denmark in an embarrassing 5-1 home defeat.
The Euro 2020 draw takes place in Dublin on December 2nd and Mick McCarthy looks to be the man tasked with taking Ireland to the tournament.