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Former Northern Ireland International Martin O'Neill during a Pro Am at Galgorm Castle in near Ballymena in Co Antrim during the  Northern Ireland Open Challenge

Former Northern Ireland International Martin O'Neill during a Pro Am at Galgorm Castle in near Ballymena in Co Antrim during the Northern Ireland Open Challenge

The FAI are set to appoint Martin O'Neill as Republic of Ireland manager with Roy Keane (pictured) as his assistant. The pair, who will be together in the ITV studio for tomorrow night's Champions League match between Real Sociadad and Manchester United, are expected to be confirmed as the Republic's 'dream' team on their return from Spain

The FAI are set to appoint Martin O'Neill as Republic of Ireland manager with Roy Keane (pictured) as his assistant. The pair, who will be together in the ITV studio for tomorrow night's Champions League match between Real Sociadad and Manchester United, are expected to be confirmed as the Republic's 'dream' team on their return from Spain

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Sir Alex Ferguson, right, has spoken about his differences with Roy Keane, left, in his book

Sir Alex Ferguson, right, has spoken about his differences with Roy Keane, left, in his book

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Martin O'Neill is favourite to succeed Giovanni Trapattoni

Martin O'Neill is favourite to succeed Giovanni Trapattoni

File photo dated 18/05/2005 of Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson and captain Roy Keane. Keane and Ferguson's relationship soured in 2005 when the United captain became angry at Ferguson over conditions at the club's pre-season training camp

File photo dated 18/05/2005 of Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson and captain Roy Keane. Keane and Ferguson's relationship soured in 2005 when the United captain became angry at Ferguson over conditions at the club's pre-season training camp

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Fans fly an Irish tricolour showing Martin O'Neill's face at Jackie McNamara's testimonial between Celtic and the Republic of Ireland 29/5/2005

Fans fly an Irish tricolour showing Martin O'Neill's face at Jackie McNamara's testimonial between Celtic and the Republic of Ireland 29/5/2005

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Former Northern Ireland International Martin O'Neill during a Pro Am at Galgorm Castle in near Ballymena in Co Antrim during the  Northern Ireland Open Challenge

Former Northern Ireland International Martin O'Neill during a Pro Am at Galgorm Castle in near Ballymena in Co Antrim during the Northern Ireland Open Challenge

Martin O'Neill and Roy Keane are seen as the 'dream team' for the Republic of Ireland

Martin O'Neill and Roy Keane are seen as the 'dream team' for the Republic of Ireland

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Former Northern Ireland International Martin O'Neill during a Pro Am at Galgorm Castle in near Ballymena in Co Antrim during the Northern Ireland Open Challenge

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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