“Because I’m good.” – Martin O’Neill LEANING over the shoulders of a few media colleagues with an out-stretched digital recorder trying to catch the last few sentences of Martin O’Neill’s reign. The Republic of Ireland had just chiselled out another soul-destroying scoreless draw with Denmark in Aarhus. The gym hall attached to the aged-old Ceres Stadium in Denmark’s second biggest city had been turned into a media centre for a couple of days. Advertising hoardings and partitions were hastily erected. But it still looked like a soulless gym hall. After he completed his post-match press conference duties from the top table on Monday night O’Neill, as he usually does, granted a ‘break-out’ interview with Irish newspaper reporters. Surrounded by a posse of familiar faces, the manager spoke softly and defiantly. Speaking barely above a whisper, O’Neill took aim. “You’re gathered around here, you’ve been critical of me now for, well, if I look at it, probably since the Scotland game when we drew with them in 2015. So it’s been continuous.” One reporter interjected: “That’s a bit harsh.” O’Neill replied: “Well, it is true.” Reporter: “It’s not.” O’Neill: “’Tis.” Reporter: “It’s not.” O’Neill: “’Tis”. Reporter: “There has been a lot… Read full this story
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