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Martin O'Neill will have a big input into my future, says Roy Keane

By Daniel McDonnell

Roy Keane has stressed that his Republic of Ireland future will primarily revolve around Martin O'Neill's intentions.

Northern Irishman O'Neill is due to hold discussions with the FAI about extending his deal into the next World Cup campaign and Keane says he will wait to see what unfolds there before deciding his next move.

The Corkman has previously stated a desire to move back into the club game but he is enjoying the Irish brief and says that he is 'relaxed' about the road ahead, adding that he wouldn't allow events in Euro 2016 to shape any decision.

Ahead of Friday's friendly with Switzerland at the Aviva Stadium, he said: "It wouldn't dictate my own future whether we won three games or lost three games," said the assistant boss. "I've got to do what's right for me, if there's a challenge there for me.

"I'm enjoying the job. I said many times before a lot will be dictated whether the manager wants me to stay on, what the deal is on the table, and your own self-worth. We'll see. I'm so relaxed about it.

"I'm open-minded. I've enjoyed working with Martin, the rest of the staff and the players. A lot will depend on the manager's situation.

"The FAI made it clear it was Mar­tin's decision to bring me here. I'll be dictated by what Martin wants to do. He's an experienced manager, he's negotiating his deal and good luck, and we'll take it after that. If it's sorted out after that, I'll have a conversation with him.

"I've never been one to worry about contracts. Football has been very good to me. If it's not sorted out in the next month or two, so be it. If we stay on, fantastic. If we don't, life goes on."

Meanwhile, Keane does not expect WAGs to be banned from the Republic of Ireland hotel in France.

However, he has admitted that his own family may not have wanted to be anywhere near him during a major tournament.

Keane was asked about the issue after it emerged that Wales boss Chris Coleman will not allow any wives or girlfriends into the team hotel at the Euros.

He said: "We're working with the senior team and we treat them like men and if there are opportunities for the players to see families, I think that will be open to the players - as long as it's not silly and three or four days before the game.

"There is a time and a place. We're going over there to try and do well in the tournament.

"From my own experience, my family have not been too keen to meet up with me. Every family to their own. We will give the players decent freedom and treat them like men."

The Republic are set to arrange another friendly in Cork to coincide with their training camp in Fota Island. They have permission from Aviva to play a fixture in Turner's Cross with Wales as possible opponents.

Friendly: Aviva Stadium, Friday 7.45 pm

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