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Martin O’Neill and Roy Keane sign new contracts with Ireland

O’Neill and Keane sign new contracts with Ireland

23/09/2016 at 11:48

Martin O’Neill has extended his stay as Ireland manager until the end of the 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign, with assistant Roy Keane also agreeing terms.

Speculation was rife that the pair could walk away after contract talks dragged on beyond Euro 2016.

However, those fears are now dispelled, with O’Neill’s entire backroom staff committed to the project for another two years.

"I have signed a new deal," O’Neill said at a press conference after naming his squad for the qualifiers against Georgia and Moldova.

"It was never an issue. Roy and the backroom staff have followed suit. We're delighted."

Ireland emerged from a so-called ‘Group of Death’ at Euro 2016 and almost upset hosts France in the last 16, eventually succumbing to a quickfire Antoine Griezmann brace.

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