Former Republic or Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane expressed a degree of sympathy for current boss Stephen Kenny, who is now ten games without a win.

Kenny's side suffered a calamitous 1-0 World Cup qualifying defeat to Luxembourg on Saturday evening, leaving their qualification hopes in tatters after just two games.

The Ireland manager has been suffering from both major injury problems and Covid-19 issues at the same time as trying to implement a new playing style.

While there have been some glimmers of light in what Kenny is trying to achieve, results and more recently performances have been lacking.

Keane feels that defeat to Luxembourg was 'rock bottom’ but cautioned that the players may just not be there for Ireland right now.

"It was difficult, a tough night last night," Keane said. "Ireland must be rock bottom for the group of players. Real lack of quality. A lot of the players now for Ireland are playing at the Championship level.

"I think the big concern, when your best player, which is Seamus Coleman, is a fullback, it’s not a good sign. Tough days ahead.

"Obviously, he’s [Kenny] got his ways, he’s trying to play more possession, play through the team. But the stats are scary for Ireland. The lack of goals, the lack of goalscorers.

"I think it’s difficult for Stephen Kenny. It’s been tough going for him."

A lack of form and game-time, even at Championship levels has proved to be a major problem for Kenny and Keane believes that players are carrying their poor form in the Ireland camp.

"I analyse nearly all the Irish players nearly every weekend, and none of them are doing too much at club level. They’re doing OK, and they’re honest, but a lot of them are playing in the Championship.

"When they turn up for Ireland, and the manager has them for three or four days, it’s very difficult.

"Then when the manager is trying to have this style of play where it’s about possession, it’s very difficult, especially if the players aren’t up to it.

"I go back to it, the best player Ireland have, by far, is Seamus Coleman. He’s playing for a brilliant club in Everton but Everton don’t play European football, they don’t challenge for trophies. It’s a long way back for Ireland."