Sunday 22 October 2017

O'Neill: Only incredible offer might tempt Roy

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Martin O'Neill may make significant changes to his squad for the USA part of Ireland's summer schedule
Martin O'Neill may make significant changes to his squad for the USA part of Ireland's summer schedule
Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

MARTIN O'NEILL believes that it would take an "incredible" offer to tempt Roy Keane away from Ireland's Euro 2016 mission, but knows that speculation about his assistant's future is inevitable.

The Corkman has been linked with a number of jobs since coming on board with O'Neill, most recently as a possible deputy to Louis Van Gaal at Manchester United.

O'Neill, who was also floated as a temporary solution for his former club Nottingham Forest, has stressed that he won't be going anywhere during his two-year contract. Yet he acknowledged that Keane is his own man.

"I've made the commitment to do this job and that is what I want to do," he said. "I don't run Roy 's life. I asked him to come in for me and I'm quite sure his name will be linked to a number of clubs.

"My view is that I think Roy will be a manager himself again. Did I expect him to be linked with Manchester United at this stage? No, not really, but I'll just have to deal with these things and unless Roy came up and said to me this opportunity to do something is incredibly too good then, to me, he's there with me."

The Derryman was speaking at the announcement of his provisional 32-man squad for Ireland's four summer internationals. Stephen Ireland could still be added to that group after face-to-face discussions with O'Neill about his future, but the exiled midfielder must decide now whether he is interested in a return.

Irish Independent

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