Martin O'Neill is coming to Dublin tonight with Quique Sanchez Flores in line to become the new Stoke manager.
The Derryman was in contention for the job and met Stoke officials this week.
But a stronger faction on the Premier League club's board wanted to appoint Spaniard Flores and it appears they are confident they have landed their man.
O'Neill has now decided to attend the SSE Airtricity/Soccer Writers' Association of Ireland annual awards banquet.
And the Derryman will be joined by his assistant Roy Keane and backroom staff Steve Guppy, Steve Walford and Seamus McDonagh.
The Ireland boss now looks set to continue in his current role, although he is yet to sign the contract to stay on for the Euro 2020 campaign that was verbally agreed in October.
Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill is in talks with Stoke over becoming their next manager and it appears as though Roy Keane will follow him to the Britannia if a deal is struck. Who will the FAI turn to if the Derryman departs?