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Chris Sutton defended O'Neill and Keane after their Ireland departure.

Chris Sutton's tweet after O'Neill & Keane leave Ireland has caused a stir

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Martin O'Neill and Roy Keane have left their posts at the Republic of Ireland.

The pair oversaw some great success for the nation, most notably taking them to the last 16 of Euro 2016.

However, they've been unable to replicate that success in the years following.

Ireland were one game away from qualifying for the 2018 World Cup but their hopes of competing in Russia ended with an embarrassing 5-1 defeat to Denmark.

They have been unable to recover from that setback and have failed to win a competitive game in 2018.

They were relegated to the third tier of the UEFA Nations League having picked up just two points from group B4.

Their 0-0 draw against Denmark on Monday proved to be the final straw, with O'Neill and Keane parting company with Ireland earlier on Wednesday.

"I would like to thank Martin, Roy, and the management team for the impact that they had with the Ireland team," said Football Association of Ireland chief John Delaney, per Sky Sports.

"There have been many highlights during Martin's reign - none more so than Euro 2016 in France, which will live long in the memory of all Irish supporters.

"Martin did a great job guiding the team out of a difficult qualifying group - where we beat world champions Germany along the way - to reach Euro 2016 and advance to the last-16 following a historic victory over Italy in Lille.

Ireland did not win a competitive game under O'Neill and Keane in 2018

"I wish Martin, and the management team, the very best for the future."

Chris Sutton has now reacted to the news on Twitter, but it seems his opinion hasn't gone down too well.

Sutton played under O'Neill at Celtic and he has defended him following his departure.

He wrote: "Sad to see Martin O Neill and Roy Keane leave Ireland... the truth is they had very little to work with..."

But, it's fair to say that the majority of fans do not agree.

Most hold O'Neill's tactics accountable and blame him for failing to get the best out of the players at his disposal.

Do you agree with Sutton? Have your say by leaving a comment below.

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