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Thursday 18 September 2014

John Delaney: Roy Keane is staying put, United reports are speculation

Published 25/04/2014 | 13:56

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Roy Keane and Martin O'Neill
Roy Keane and Martin O'Neill
FAI Chief Executive speaking at the function at the national
associations HQ at Abbotstown
FAI Chief Executive speaking at the function at the national associations HQ at Abbotstown
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 20:  Former Manchester United player, Roy Keane looks on during the Barclays Premier League match between Everton and Manchester United at Goodison Park on April 20, 2014 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
Former Manchester United player, Roy Keane

FAI chief executive John Delaney is confident that his current managerial setup of Martin O'Neill and Roy Keane won't be dismantled amid speculation that Roy Keane is being touted as a possible assistant manager at Manchester United.

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There have been reports in recent days that Louis van Gaal, favourite to replace David Moyes, would be interested in having Roy Keane as his number two.

Speaking on RTE Radio One today, John Delaney said: "I think that's just speculation. I was talking to Martin O'Neill the other day and I fully expect both Martin and Roy to be with the Irish team to the Euros in 2016.

"Roy signed his contract and Martin signed his contract and both are hugely committed to doing the job with the Republic of Ireland.

"There is going to be lots of speculation as to who will manage Manchester United in the coming weeks and months but from our point of view, Roy will be staying with us for sure.

"Martin and Roy have gone about their work with tremendous appetite. It's almost 100 games they've attended between themselves and their management staff."

Meanwhile, the FAI submitted their bid to become a host city at Euro 2020.

If the FAI are successful, four games will be played at the Aviva Stadium on the 60th anniversary of the tournament.

The successful applicants are expected to be announced in September.

Each games at this level is thought to be worth some €20m to the economy.

The FAI finalised their bid to be one of the 13 ‘host’ cities last week.

John Delaney, was today presented with an award in recognition of the organisation’s long-standing partnership with Special Olympics Ireland.

Mr Delaney accepted the Special Olympics “Appreciation Award” on behalf of FAI staff at an official reception at the organisation’s headquarters in Abbotstown, Dublin. The award recognises the FAI’s policy of inclusion as well as the long-running partnership with Special Olympics Ireland.

Accepting the award, Mr Delaney commented: “I would like to thank the Special Olympics movement for this award. Our work with Special Olympics Ireland means a lot to everyone in the Association.

"Special Olympics Ireland were the first partner in our Football for All programme which has grown substantially to include over 25 partners running 13 separate football programmes.

"Our Football for All programme is led by Oisin Jordan and is assisted by Nick Harrison, involving all of our Development Officers throughout Ireland.

"As part of the Football for All programme, the Association continues to recognise the achievements of players with disabilities every year across nine international squads. I take this opportunity to recognise Special Olympic Ireland’s key role in helping us to establish this important aspect of our sport which has been embraced fully by our clubs and leagues.”

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