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05 Nov 2013 16:13:33

All Irish For Ex-Geordies And Mackems!

Ex-Newcastle midfielder Michael O'Neill and ex-Mackem boss Martin O'Neill have accepted deals with Northern Ireland and the Republic.

The chief executive of the Football Association of Ireland says it is a case of "job done" with regard to Martin O'Neill and Roy Keane becoming the Republic's new management team.

The FAI confirmed on Tuesday morning that talks with the pair were at an advanced stage, with John Delaney going on to say he hopes to make a formal unveiling of O'Neill as head coach and Keane as his assistant on Saturday.

The experienced O'Neill was installed as the immediate favourite to replace Giovanni Trapattoni as soon as the Italian left the post in September, with the decision to choose Keane as his assistant the surprise.

The former Republic captain has had a volatile relationship with the FAI and infamously walked out of the 2002 World Cup without kicking a ball.

Meanwhile, Michael O'Neill has agreed a two-year extension to his contract as Northern Ireland manager, the Irish Football Association has announced.

The new deal will see O'Neill, who succeeded Nigel Worthington in December 2011, remain in charge for the Euro 2016 qualifying campaign.

O'Neill: "When I was appointed Northern Ireland manager I was honoured to have been chosen to manage my country and I am extremely happy to have agreed a new two-year deal with the Irish Football Association.

"I have said all along that I would like to continue in the role.

"I think there has been a major transition in the team - it's a very young squad, but a squad which has developed during the last campaign, with several young players of quality emerging.

"I am now looking forward to taking the team into the European Championship qualifiers."

Source: Newcastle United Mad


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