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O'Neill keen to continue

SHAMROCK ROVERS manager Michael O'Neill has stated his intention to stay on at the club -- and keep the vast majority of the playing squad there as well.

O’Neill is out of contract when the season ends and months of intermittent talks on a new deal have not seen him put pen to paper.

But O’Neill dismissed suggestions that pay demands had held up the signing of a new deal and he says he hopes to remain in charge.

"The financial discussions that have taken place with the board have been fine,” O’Neill told the Herald.

“It hasn’t been about finance in terms of the contract, it’s other areas that I want assurances on.

“In fairness to the board they have given me assurances, so hopefully in the next few weeks we will get something sorted.

” Rovers will lose at least one player for next season as U21 cap Enda Stevens will move to Aston Villa when the Hoops’ season is over, but O’Neill expects the squad to remain intact.

“We will aim to keep the majority of the squad in place,” he said.