Martin O'Neill signs two year deal to manage Ireland - reports
Martin O'Neill has signed an initial two-year contract to become the new manager of the Republic of Ireland manager with Roy Keane as his assistant
It was reported earlier today that the former Celtic manager was on course to become the Republic of Ireland's manager but nothing had been signed yet.
However, it was being reported this evening that he had already signed a contract to become the associations next manager with Roy Keane as his assistant.
Earlier today, FAI chief executive John Delaney said on Newstalk this morning that he still needed to have a chat with Martin O’Neill at the weekend about the specifics of his backroom staff with assistant boss Keane coming on board and coaches Steve Walford and Steve Guppy and goalkeeping expert Seamus McDonagh lined up.
It is assumed that O'Neill will lead coaching duties on the Irish training ground next week with the new manager set to clarify Roy Keane’s specific role at a press conference on Saturday.
Neither O’Neill or Keane were primarily responsible for training ground duties in their spells in management at the club level.
Delaney revealed that O’Neill  will be the central figure on the pitch in Malahide next week ahead of the November 15 clash with Latvia at the Aviva Stadium.
“Martin will take the coaching next week,” said Delaney. “On Monday, the team come in for Latvia at home on Friday and obviously Poland away [November 19]. Martin is going to take the coaching that particular week. But as part of his backroom staff requirements, he wants to speak to me on Saturday and we’ll take it from there.
“He’ll explain how the dynamic will work. Martin is the manager and a manager uses an assistant in a way that he wants to do. So some use them in a very open way, and say ‘these are your tasks.’. I know they’ve had detailed discussions and I know they’ve agreed what it will be. I know that it will be great when Martin explains to the public how it will work.”
Delaney believes that the friendship which has developed between the pair through their television work will stand to the FAI.
“They’ve known each other through crossing paths in football,” he said, “I don’t think they would have been lifetime best friends but I think there would be great respect between the two for what they’ve achieved in football.”