Saturday 22 October 2016

FAI want O'Neill to stay on regardless

Published 12/11/2015 | 02:30

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill's contract to end soon
Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill's contract to end soon

The FAI are keen to retain Martin O'Neill's services beyond the Euro 2016 playoffs, and the Irish manager gave a broad hint yesterday that he would be amenable to staying in the job.

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"If we could qualify, that would be great, we'd go on to France and I'd be delighted if that was the case.

"But if we didn't qualify, John (FAI CEO John Delaney) and myself will sit down and see where we're going.

"I think John and the board want it to continue," said O'Neill.

Obviously qualifying for France would remove all doubts but technically O'Neill's contract ends soon after this qualifying campaign finishes, either in qualification success or relative failure.

If it is the latter, then O'Neill would take some time out and discuss the future with Delaney.

"I think some time in the New Year, probably the earlier the better, maybe get Christmas out of the way, John and I will sit and have a discussion about it. I am absolutely open to it. We had a conversation after Scotland and John was very supportive, and felt that this is the way we wanted to go forward.

"I haven't been pressing because there are actually very important things to deal with," added O'Neill.

Irish Independent

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