Brian Kerr’s future as Republic of Ireland coach remains in doubt after the Football Association of Ireland issued a statement following the failure to qualify for next year’s World Cup finals.

Kerr, who was appointed in January 2003, has indicated he will not resign after his contract ended on Wednesday.

FAI chief executive officer John Delaney praised Kerr and his staff for their efforts during the latest campaign.

“Football is the most popular team sport in Ireland and the interest in a World Cup year would have helped grow the game even further,” Delaney said.

“Everyone associated with the quest for qualification – Brian Kerr, the technical and support team, the players and squad members and the staff in Merrion Square – have all applied tremendous effort in terms of commitment and dedication to the task.

“Unfortunately, despite the highest levels of planning and preparation by Brian and all the support team, our collective efforts have not been sufficient to take the squad to Germany next year.

“Nevertheless, the additional income from a major championship campaign would have been a very welcome addition to our investment in the game at home.”