The Republic of Ireland squad will get an early opportunity to find out exactly what Neil Lennon meant when he greeted the news of the appointment of managerial duo Martin O'Neill and Roy Keane by saying: "God help the players."
The Football Association of Ireland are likely to confirm O'Neill and Keane as their "dream team" today, just hours before they appear together on ITV's coverage of Manchester United's Champions League match with Real Sociedad in Spain – but it could be a nightmare for some of the players.
The new bosses will link up with the squad at the weekend ahead of Friday week's friendly against Latvia in Dublin, before they face Poland in Poznan the following Tuesday.
Lennon has close ties with both men, having played under the new Republic manager and fellow Ulsterman O'Neill at Leicester and Celtic as well as being an ex-team-mate of Keane – appointed as O'Neill's assistant manager– at Parkhead.
The Celtic boss quipped: "God help the players. It's very interesting; they are two great characters with big personalities and a vast knowledge of the game. They are two very proud men.
"Roy Keane was a magnificent player for both club and country; he was one of the best of his generation.
"He will lift any team, walking in that dressing room, he'll certainly have the players on their toes and we all know what Martin is about as well. It'll be exciting to watch them in action."
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