Republic of Ireland manager Steve Staunton faces a fight to keep his job after his employer decline to give him his full backing.
Ireland’s slim chances of reaching the Euro 2008 finals ended after being held to a 1-1 draw by Cyprus at Croke Park on Wednesday.
Staunton was jeered by Ireland supporters after the game and Football Association of Ireland chief executive John Delaney has hinted that a meeting to discuss his country’s poor campaign could be brought forward to this weekend.
“This is the third or fourth ‘crisis’ around the management,” Delaney told RTE. “It is important board members get time to reflect on recent performances.
“We had it after Cyprus, we had it after San Marino, we had it after Prague. So people are getting conditioned to this sort of crisis.”