"I don't think anybody would want to play Italy or Portugal, although Portugal might beat Switzerland (and qualify automatically)".
"He's a top manager and I'm delighted he's staying", he explained.
Results elsewhere meant Wales needed to win to secure a spot in the play-offs, but in the end, it was Ireland who remained resilient to take all three points, and indeed, a play-off spot.
"We might lack a few things but courage is not one of them". That was the best experience I've had in football.
"I know you might look to 1958, a World Cup quarter final, but to take this group of players into a semi-final of the Euros, to have come so close, taken it to the very last game to make the play-offs". France are expected to win against Belarus and finish top, Sweden would then go into the play-offs and as things now stand they would be unseeded for the draw. But our players have done brilliantly and we've got to learn from it'.
The news comes as a serious blow for the Republic, who must beat Wales in Monday night's Group D clash, live on Sky Sports, in order to reach the play-offs for the finals in Russian Federation.
The tense game at Cardiff City Stadium stands to be Chris Coleman's last as Wales manager in a competitive fixture, the architect of last year's Euro heroics having pledged to stand down after the current World Cup cycle. To come and win in Wales was fantastic and the players will not give up - that's the point. Realistically, any team who play Niklas Bendtner up front is a team Ireland should get through against.
He has 26 goals in 68 global appearances, including key strikes against Georgia and Serbia in the current campaign which should have put Wales on the road to Russian Federation. "When the dust settles we'll see where we go".
Needing a win to grab second place in the group, the home side took control, wasting two great chances around the half-hour mark, with Taras Stepanenko driving a powerful shot outside the post and Yevhen Konoplyanka heading just wide moments later.