Thursday 14 December 2017

Martin O'Neill and Roy Keane sign contract extensions with Ireland

Martin O'Neill and Roy Keane Photo: David Maher/Sportsfile
Martin O'Neill and Roy Keane Photo: David Maher/Sportsfile
Martin O'Neill has extended his Ireland contract

Harry Clarke

Martin O'Neill, Roy Keane and the Irish management team have signed contract extensions with the Football Association of Ireland.

The new deal means that the Derryman, along with Keane, Steve Guppy, Seamus McDonagh and Steve Walford will manage Ireland up until the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

“I am delighted that John Delaney and the FAI Board have extended our contracts for the World Cup campaign,” said O’Neill.

“It has been an absolute privilege to have been in charge of the Republic of Ireland national team, these last 30 months, and we go to France tomorrow in good spirits, with a strong desire to do well in the next few weeks.

“The players have done brilliantly in the campaign so far and they are ready for the big challenges ahead.”

FAI CEO John Delaney added: "I am delighted we have agreed terms with Martin and his team of Roy Keane, Steve Guppy, Seamus McDonagh and Steve Walford,” said Delaney.

“The board of the FAI were unanimous in offering Martin and his full management team a renewal of their contracts.

"Since Martin has taken over we have achieved the objective of qualifying for the EUROs and he has lead the project in helping to develop some of the emerging talents in Irish football, including Robbie Brady and Shane Duffy, right up to the recent introduction of Callum O’Dowda, who made his senior debut last week.

“I am delighted to have worked with Martin and his team through qualification for the Euros, and I and all of the staff in the Association, look forward to working with them into the future.

“I would like to take this opportunity to wish the management team, the players and the backroom team the very best as we embark on our journey to France tomorrow for the European Championships."

O'Neill took over during qualifying for the 2014 World Cup after Giovanni Trapattoni was sacked when Ireland's hopes of reaching Brazil ended, and he has led the side to Euro 2016.

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