"We did not play at our level, but more important is the result", said Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric."Greece played a good game tonight, it pushed us, but there was no serious opportunity (of a comeback)".
The IFA are aware of the interest from Scotland, who want a new boss in place by Christmas ahead of a tour of Morocco in March.
"But we know on the other side, management is such a hard job and if something came up, where it would be hard to turn down, no-one would ever begrudge him that".
Northern Ireland are to push for the implementation of video assistant referees in the wake of the country's failure to reach the World Cup courtesy of a highly controversial first-leg penalty that left players, officials and fans fuming.
Aaron Hughes, Gareth McAuley, Chris Brunt and Jamie Ward, all starters in Basel, could now contemplate global retirement, particularly if O'Neill is lured away by either Scotland or a club side. The referee adjudged Corry Evans had handled Xherdan Shaqiri's shot though replays showed it hit the back of his shoulder.
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Straight-talking midfielder Oliver Norwood summed up the mood.
"I will think about the penalty decision for years to come as it's the only goal between the two sides and it's knocked us out".
It was a bitter pill to swallow for O'Neill too, as he conducted his post-match press conference instead of presiding over an extra-time period.
"The cruelty is the poorness of the decision", O'Neill told reporters. "If it wasn't for the penalty we'd be playing extra time".
"For some of these players it's unlikely that the World Cup will ever come round again".
As the players came to terms with the end of their World Cup dream, defender Jonny Evans accepted O'Neill may seek a new challenge, saying: 'As a manager, he's unbelievable.