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'There’s nothing to say about it' - Martin O'Neill brushes off Ireland contract talk

Reports indicated that the FAI are ready to offer the Ireland management a two-year extension.

O'Neill and Keane face their biggest test yet against Poland.
O'Neill and Keane face their biggest test yet against Poland.
Image: Donall Farmer/INPHO

Niall Kelly reports from Stadion Narodowy, Warsaw

MARTIN O’NEILL MADE no comment on his Ireland future last night as he prepares for his biggest game in charge of the Boys in Green.

With Ireland within touching distance of a place at Euro 2016, reports on Saturday indicated that the FAI are ready to offer O’Neill and his management team a two-year extension.

“There’s nothing to say about it,” O’Neill said in Warsaw, where Ireland take on Poland tonight (7.45pm) in their final qualifier.

The situation is exactly the same as before. Whatever reports have come out, it’s news to me.

“I’ve spoken to John (Delaney) in the past and we’ll speak again.”

After slaying world champions Germany in Dublin, Ireland know that a win would guarantee automatic qualification for France, as would a 2-2 draw or higher.

Anything else and they will have to face a two-legged playoff next month where there is still no guarantee that they will be seeded.

“I don’t think anything is really a distraction,” O’Neill added. “I don’t think anything here can stop the focus on what’s ahead.

We have this opportunity. Shane’s goal, magnificent as it was, has ensured that for us, to give us a chance. That is absolutely and utterly what we’re thinking about.

“Everything else will take care of itself.”

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