The Irish Men relegated in eighth place after going down to Wales 0-4 at the EuroHockey Championship 2019.
Speaking after the match, Head Coach Alexander Cox said that the team under performed,
“We didn’t perform how we could have performed at this tournament. We need to assess what happened, we need to assess with the group because the Olympic Qualifier is coming up so it’s important for the group that we know exactly why we didn’t perform,” Cox said.
“In the end, we failed as a group, including coaching staff, otherwise we would have played better. There were some good moments in this tournament but most of the time we didn’t perform the way we could perform and that’s a hard learning,”
“I’m obviously very disappoint, and I’m disappointed for the players because they always give it their all and I feel for the group,” said Cox.