Ireland win, Carragher references O'Neill's Sunderland tenure

O'Neill And Sunderland

Jamie Carragher says he is especially delighted for Martin O'Neill's success after his Sunderland disappointment.

Ireland qualified for Euro 2016 last night with a 2-0 win over Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The result saw the Republic qualify 3-1 on aggregate, with Jonathan Walters scoring both goals.

Manager Martin O'Neill was as animated as ever on the touchline throughout, and in his first international role, will lead the country at a major tournament.

It is O'Neill's first job since being sacked at Sunderland in 2013, and former star turned pundit Jamie Carragher believes the manager deserves his success, referencing his treatment on Wearside as the main reason why he is so delighted for him.

A former League Cup winning boss with Leicester City, O'Neill was irked at his sacking at Sunderland, telling the BBC a month after his dismissal:

"Coming into the football club at the time when the club was on its knees, and I believe I saved the club from relegation last year, I felt the opportunity [to stay at the club] should have still been afforded to me."

O'Neill was replaced by Paolo di Canio, whose initial impact helped them avoid relegation, but he did not last long, and the Sunderland job has been a revolving door of managers ever since, with the club clinging onto Premier League survival, and already changing their boss this season.

This was O'Neill's chance to get back on track, and if it is the 63-year-old's last job in management should he decide to retire, simply getting to the Euros has been a success, irrespective of what happens next.

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