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Tuesday 17 October 2017

Martin O'Neill agrees new deal and will take charge of Ireland for Euro 2020 campaign - Roy Keane also set to stay

Ireland manager Martin O'Neill during a press conference
Ireland manager Martin O'Neill during a press conference
Martin O'Neill
Ger Keville

Ger Keville

Martin O'Neill will be in charge of Ireland for the Euro 2020 campaign after signing a contract extension with the FAI.

"I spoke to John (Delaney) recently and he said on behalf of the board they would like to extend my contract for another couple of years, obviously with the Euros coming up, and I have agreed to do so," O'Neill told FAI TV.

"(I'm) Delighted, I have enjoyed it immensly. International football is something I didn't know I would get used to or not. Obviously qualification for the Euros made it all worth while and we are still in this competition also.

"The future now with some younger players coming through, taking over from the old guard who may retire naturally through old age as much as anything else, I think it is exciting times for us." understands that Roy Keane and the rest of the backroom team will also be retained while the finer details of the contract have yet to be ironed out.

Earlier today, O'Neill hinted that a deal was close when he spoke to the media but also added that "today was not the day to discuss it".

Ireland need to win their final two World Cup qualifying games against Moldova (home on Friday) and Wales (away on Monday) and hope for other results to go our way to make it to Russia next year.

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