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Roy Keane's Ireland future not black and white

Published 23/03/2016 | 02:30

22 March 2016; Republic of Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane during a press conference. National Sports Campus, Abbotstown, Dublin. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE
22 March 2016; Republic of Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane during a press conference. National Sports Campus, Abbotstown, Dublin. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE
Roy Keane says he is 'relaxed' about the road ahead, adding that he wouldn't allow events in Euro 2016 to shape any decision (Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision)

Roy Keane has stressed that his Ireland future will primarily revolve around Martin O'Neill's intentions.

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O'Neill is due to hold discussions with the FAI about extending his deal into the next World Cup campaign and Keane says he will wait to see what unfolds there before deciding his next move.

The Corkman has previously stated a desire to move back into the club game but he is enjoying the Irish brief and says that he is 'relaxed' about the road ahead, adding that he wouldn't allow events in Euro 2016 to shape any decision.

"It wouldn't dictate my own future whether we won three games or lost three games," said the Irish assistant. "Looking at the bigger picture, I've got to do what's right for me, if there's a challenge there for me.

"I'm enjoying the job. I said many times before, a lot will be dictated whether the manager wants me to stay on, what the deal is on the table, and your own self-worth. We'll see.

"I'm open-minded. I've enjoyed working with Martin, the rest of the staff and the players. A lot will depend on the manager's situation.

"The FAI made it clear it was Martin's decision to bring me here. I'll be dictated by what Martin wants to do. He's an experienced manager, he's negotiating his deal and good luck, and we'll take it after that. If it's sorted out after that, I'll have a conversation with him.

"I've never been one to worry about contracts in life. Football has been very good to me. If it's not sorted out in the next month or two, so be it. If we stay on, fantastic. If we don't, then life goes on."

Keane is back in camp with the Ireland squad for the double header with Switzerland and Slovakia. Harry Arter has gone home, however, with an Achilles problem ruling him out. Jeff Hendrick is also expected to go back to Derby for treatment on his shoulder.

Arter's unavailability is a setback with the Euros in mind, but Keane says he should target the May 27 game with Holland as his French audition.

The FAI are set to arrange another friendly in Cork to coincide with their training camp in Fota Island and it's understood they have permission from Aviva to play a game in Turner's Cross if that match is a full international.

As part of the naming rights deal, it's stipulated that all senior games in Ireland should take place in the renovated Lansdowne Road.

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