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O'Neill and Keane extend Republic stay

By Daniel McDonnell

Published 08/06/2016

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill, left, and assistant Roy Keane
Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill, left, and assistant Roy Keane

Martin O'Neill travels to France today after deciding to stay on as Republic of Ireland manager regardless of what happens at Euro 2016.

O'Neill, assistant Roy Keane and backroom staff Steve Guppy, Seamus McDonagh and Steve Walford have agreed new deals for the World Cup 2018 campaign. The 64-year-old Ulsterman earns £780,000 a year under his current deal plus bonuses and it's understood there were proposed changes which needed to be talked through.

Both O'Neill and Keane have been linked with returns to the club sphere, but the agreement of an extension protects the FAI.

"It has been a privilege to have been in charge of the Republic of Ireland these last 30 months, and we go to France in good spirits with a strong desire to do well," said O'Neill. "I am delighted that (chief executive) John Delaney and the FAI Board have extended our contracts."

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