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Done Deal


Roy Keane and Martin O'Neill.

Roy Keane and Martin O'Neill.

Roy Keane and Martin O'Neill.

IT'S A DONE deal - the FAI this morning confirmed that Martin O'Neill and Roy Keane are taking over the national team.

The pair will be unveiled to the media and the public in Dublin on Saturday.

Weeks of speculation ended this morning when FAI CEO John Delaney confirmed on radio that the association had agreed to bring in O'Neill as manager, with Keane as his assistant.

Contracts have not yet been signed as the duo are today in Spain on duty for ITV for Manchester United's Champions League game, but Delaney says he sees "no impediment" to the new managerial duo landing the job.

Once contracts are signed later this week, they will start work with a press conference in Dublin on Saturday and then the work on the training field before the friendly against Latvia on Friday week.

"As far as I can see it's a job done," Delaney said this morning oday. "There is nothing that will be an impediment to that happening and I hope that this coming Saturday we will have an unveiling of Martin as manager and Roy as his assistant."

Delaney insisted that his own fractious relationship with Keane in the past was not an issue.

"When Martin agreed to be the manager, the backroom staff is the manager's decision.

"He asked what the association's view would be of Roy being assistant, and I said there was no problem.

"I met Roy last week and there was no issue."