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Martin O'Neill insists he's not going anywhere and wants Roy Keane to stay on too

The Ireland manager verbally agreed a new contract before the tournament and now he’s set to formally commit.

Martin O'Neill and his trusty lieutenant Roy Keane.
Martin O'Neill and his trusty lieutenant Roy Keane.

MARTIN O’NEILL HAS reiterated his desire to continue on as Ireland manager and wants Roy Keane and the rest of his management team to remain in place.

O’Neill has been in charge since November 2013 and guided the Boys in Green through a European Championship group stage for the first time prior to Sunday’s 2-1 defeat to France in the last 16.

The 64-year-old reached a verbal agreement with the FAI to sign a two-year contract extension prior to the tournament and O’Neill insisted there should be no issues regarding his future.

“I think my contract officially ended about a minute and a half after the result, so that was when we were out,” he told Sky Sports.

“I don’t see that being an issue now. I think I’ve agreed with [FAI chief] John Delaney…and I’d be happy to continue on if he’s still feeling that way.”

When asked about the future of his assistant, Roy Keane, O’Neill said: ”I’d like to do that, yes. I think he’ll decide for himself but yes, absolutely.

“I think he’s been great for the team and I think he’s been great for everyone. I’ll sit down with him and if he feels he wants to stay with us that would be great.”

During his tenure, O’Neill has presided over famous victories against Germany and Italy while also guiding Ireland through to the knockout stages of a European Championship for the first time.

The Boys in Green begin their 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign against Serbia in September.

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