O'Neill keen on new deal
MICHAEL O'NEILL is keen to agree a new contract with Shamrock Rovers and believes that discussions will speed up over the coming weeks.
The Northern Irishman, who has one year remaining on his existing deal, had hoped to put pen to paper before the start of the new campaign.
However, the Hoops manager is not troubled by the delay.
The league champions held their AGM on Saturday, 24 hours after opening their campaign with a 3-1 victory over Dundalk.
"We haven't really sat down," said O'Neill. "That's not a positive or a negative. I've spent most of pre-season getting the team together, the board were busy with the AGM and getting ready for the start of the season. When things settle down, we'll sit down and get around to talk seriously.
"In two years, there's been a lot of progress. I'd like to see that continue. Not just in the team, but in all areas of the club."
Meanwhile, Dundalk manager Ian Foster was satisfied with his team's display on Friday.
The Lilywhites return to action tonight with the first leg of their Setanta Cup quarter-final against Glentoran at the Oval.
After seeing off Linfield in the last round, Foster anticipates a stern challenge.
"They play a little bit differently (to Linfield)... they play 4-3-3 and it's going to be a tasty atmosphere," he said.