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O'Neill 'I'm No 1'

11 Nov 2013 13:37:23

O'Neill 'I'm No 1'

Former Sunderland boss Martin O'Neill has left no room for doubt over who will be calling the shots in his Republic of Ireland partnership with Roy Keane.

Martin O'Neill: "I don't really want to change Roy Keane. I don't think that was the intention, otherwise it loses its impetus.

"Of course there are things we want to adjust and look at, but I have had an assistant manager in John Robertson for years and years at all the clubs I have been involved in, or most of them, and John was very, very good.

"John was more than a sounding board, more than that. I listened to his opinion - he had a very good opinion about football, he was a good judge of a player as well.

"But ultimately, he always left the decisions to me and that was the main thing. That's something that I have been used to now for 20 years and I wouldn't be expecting anybody to be over-ruling me.

"That's not the big 'I am', far from it. I have got great respect for Roy Keane, otherwise I wouldn't have asked him to do the job."

Source: Sunderland-Mad


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