The FAI should be 'compelled' to explain why Vera Pauw's contract is not being extended as Ireland manager.
Irish Independent Chief Sports Writer David Kelly said it is now up to the Women's Team where they go next.
Following a board meeting on Tuesday night, the FAI decided not to offer the Dutchwoman a new contract.
Pauw became the first manager to lead the national team to a major international women's tournament when the Girls in Green qualified for this year's World Cup Finals.
Ireland went out at the Group stage in Australia.
Mr Kelly told The Hard Shoulder the board's decision followed a review.
"The chief contributors to the review would have been obviously the 23 members of the World Cup squad, but also many more members who had played throughout the campaign... so you've players who didn't make it," he said.
"From what I gather, only one or two were broadly positive towards Vera Pauw and broadly positive in endorsing that she stay on.
"Most of the others were negative... we haven't heard a full explanation of the reasons behind this and what's contained in the review.
"The FAI have been asked to publicly say something, explain something on this later in the week and they may do so.
"I think it compels them to do so because the public are at a loss."
Mr Kelly said the team's next step is an important one.
"It compels the players now to go, 'We want a different style now; we've had enough of that intense style - we want something looser,'" he said.
"Looser didn't get them anywhere beforehand: Are they ready, are they responsible enough, are they good enough to go to the next level?
"That's kind of the question now, and it's on them, really; it's not on the manager anymore because she's gone," he added.
In a statement, FAI chief executive Jonathan Hill thanked Pauw for her 'hard work and commitment' and described the future as 'bright for women and girls' football'.
Eileen Gleeson is set to take temporary charge for the upcoming Nations League games against Northern Ireland and Hungary.