Belfast Telegraph

Martin O'Neill 'relaxed' over Republic of Ireland future as speculation mounts over Nottingham Forest switch

Republic of Ireland boss Martin O'Neill has said he is "pretty relaxed" over his contract situation with the nation as rumours persist he could be heading for the dug out at Nottingham Forest.

O'Neill was speaking on TV3 on Tuesday night as part of the Irish broadcaster's Champions League coverage.

The Kilrea man has held talks with the FAI over a new deal with his current contract set to end after the Euros in the summer.

But as yet nothing has been agreed.

Nottingham Forest are rumoured to be interested in bringing O'Neill back to the club he won the European Cup with twice.

Speaking about talks with FAI supremo John Delaney, O'Nell said: "I'm speaking to John very shortly and I think John's pretty relaxed about it, as I am myself,' he said on TV3 on Tuesday night."

Celtic are also rumoured to be interested in appointing O'Neill's assistant Roy Keane as their new boss following the imminent departure of Ronny Deila.

There have also been reports calling for Celtic to appoint the management duo as a possible "dream team" for the Glasgow club.

"I can't speak for him, and possibly can't even speak for myself either. All my concentration is on what's ahead in the next couple of weeks," O'Neill added.

"There's always going to be a bit of speculation and probably because I played for Forest, and Roy had some interest from Celtic the last time around before the manager got the job."

Meanwhile, the 64-year-old provided an injury update on Republic stars, Seamus Coleman, Jon Walters and Shay Given, saying he is hopeful they will make the French party.

While captain Robbie Keane has returned to training for LA Galaxy following a knee injury, O'Neill said he would wait until the last moment to make a decision on including him in his 23-man Euro squad.

Belfast Telegraph Digital