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FAI hopeful O'Neill will stay despite Leicester link

Published 11/07/2015 | 02:30

Martin O’Neill enjoys a round of golf at the K Club in Kildare yesterday
Martin O’Neill enjoys a round of golf at the K Club in Kildare yesterday

The FAI remain confident that Martin O'Neill will be in charge for September's Euro 2016 qualifiers with Gibraltar and Georgia despite a day of speculation linking the Irish boss with the vacant post at Leicester.

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Betting was suspended after English-based firms revealed that a number of substantial four-figure wagers were placed on O'Neill taking over from Nigel Pearson.

However, it's understood there has been no approach from the Premier League club to the FAI with regard to the 63-year-old and sources in Abbotstown have insisted there is "nothing" in the reports claiming their manager will be making a sudden departure.

Leicester are believed to be considering their options, however, and O'Neill - a popular former manager of the club - is on their radar, meaning they could decide to make an enquiry.

Both the FAI and Leicester have declined to publicly comment on the story. From the Abbotstown point of view, that is a slight contrast from last year when they publicly dismissed the idea O'Neill was in line to take over at Nottingham Forest.

Republic of Ireland Manager, Martin O'Neill pictured on the golf course at the K Club. Photo: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.
Republic of Ireland Manager, Martin O'Neill pictured on the golf course at the K Club. Photo: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.

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