Friday 30 September 2016

Irish boss Martin O'Neill to sign new contract with the FAI 'within days'

Published 13/07/2016 | 11:41

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Martin O’Neill is in a position to put pen to paper on his new deal as Ireland manager “within days”, the FAI have stated today.

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The FAI announced last month that they had agreed terms with O’Neill (right) and his management team,  including Roy Keane, to keep them in board with the Irish team for the 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign.

So far the parties have not formally signed those contracts but FAI CEO John Delaney, speaking in Dublin today at the announcement of extra funding for the association and other bodies from Sport Ireland, said it was only a formality.

“There’s no issues about that,” Delaney said. “Before the Euros we announced, with Martin, that the management team’s contracts would be renewed and that they would be staying with us through the World Cup qualifiers.

“I spoke to Martin last week, the contracts are there to be signed and it’s only a matter of myself and Martin meeting up to sign. I would say in the next week or so, the next time I meet him, but everything is agreed,” Delaney added.

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