Saturday 3 December 2016

Martin O'Neill: I will listen to offers from clubs

Ireland manager to 'see what develops' ahead of Euros as Everton part company with Martinez

Published 13/05/2016 | 02:30

Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane, left, watches on alongside manager Martin O'Neill
Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane, left, watches on alongside manager Martin O'Neill
Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill. Photo: Sportsfile

Martin O'Neill has refused to rule out talking to a club before Euro 2016 if they wanted to speak to him about taking over after the tournament.

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The Ireland manager is out of contract after France and has spoken about the possibility of waiting to see how the tournament goes before deciding on whether to stay on for the World Cup campaign.

Roberto Martinez's departure from Everton has freed up one job which has been floated as an option for the Derry man. The 64-year-old says he has received no approach from any club, but indicated that he would listen to what prospective employers have to say as he keeps an open mind on his future.

"I'm sure somewhere along the way somebody might be short of a manager and may well ask, and I'll see then what develops," said O'Neill yesterday as he named his provisional 35-man squad for the summer gathering.

"So far, it hasn't happened. First of all, you have to be asked for a job. I have really, really enjoyed the job here and when you have actually qualified, it felt as if this couple of years was terrific and really worthwhile.

"I am going into this competition now absolutely and utterly focused. There's a lot of hearsay. It's the same with Roy (Keane) and Celtic, and something will crop up along the way. But if anything developed along any lines, Roy and myself would be the first ones to tell each other."

O'Neill said that Keane would be a good fit for Celtic as they search for a new boss, yet it's understood there have been no developments as regards that scenario coming to pass.

"Would he be capable? Absolutely, but as Roy said you still have to be asked and so far I'm not sure that's the case," he said.

"I don't think he would give things up lightly. Something would have to. . . I think his phrase is rock his boat. He's enjoyed it here and it's been good for him but is he ready to go? Yeah he could be."

Oxford winger Callum O'Dowda was the shock inclusion in O'Neill's panel but he stressed that the talented 21-year-old has been invited in for training purposes.

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