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O'Neill is confident Keane will be with Republic for the long haul



Martin O'Neill

Martin O'Neill

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Martin O'Neill

Martin O'Neill sees no reason why Roy Keane will not stay on as Republic of Ireland assistant manager for the Euro 2020 campaign

O'Neill has verbally agreed to stay on for a third term after discussions with the FAI but no contract has been signed.

The Ulsterman wants to avoid lengthy public discussions on the topic this side of next month's World Cup play-off with Denmark.

But he confirmed at yesterday's squad announcement that he envisages Keane will be on board for the road beyond Russia.

"We have agreement with John (Delaney)," said O'Neill. "Nothing has been signed up, it was the same as the last time (before Euro 2016) and I think Roy would want to stay around.

"I'm sure he would like to stay around. He enjoys it, mostly. I'm sure he'll want to stay on and we'll see. I probably don't want to talk much more about it. We've big games to come. We'll see."

Squad: Darren Randolph, Keiren Westwood, Rob Elliot, Colin Doyle; Cyrus Christie, Matt Doherty, Paul McShane, Richard Keogh, Shane Duffy, Ciaran Clark, John O'Shea, Kevin Long, Stephen Ward; Aiden McGeady, Daryl Horgan, Alan Browne, Glenn Whelan, Conor Hourihane, Harry Arter, James McCarthy, Robbie Brady, Jeff Hendrick, Eunan O'Kane, David Meyler, Wes Hoolahan, Callum O'Dowda, Jonny Hayes, James McClean; Shane Long, Daryl Murphy, David McGoldrick, Sean Maguire, Scott Hogan, Aiden O'Brien.

Belfast Telegraph