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Martin O'Neill and Roy Keane to take charge of Ireland

John Delaney ,the chief executive of the Football Association of Ireland hopes to formally unveil Martin O'Neill and Roy Keane as the Republic of Ireland's new management team on Saturday following news on Tuesday that talks were at an advanced stage.

O'Neill and former Manchester United midfielder Keane will succeed Giovanni Trapattoni - who was sacked in September following the country's failure to make the World Cup finals - and will be in charge of their first game against Latvia in Dublin on November 15.

Keane caused controversy playing for his country, clashing with managers and the Irish FA over a number of issues. The most famous incident came at the 2002 World Cup in Japan when the midfielder attacked the team's preparations and the facilities they had to use before a dramatic falling out with manager Mick McCarthy.

Describing the pair as "two great icons of Irish soccer", Delaney added: "He (O'Neill) asked what the association's view would be about Roy being considered and I said absolutely no problem."


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TheWelshDragon · Cardiff City fan

Unfortunately, I think it will end in disaster, if it was the other way round then it may not IMO, but it wouldn't anyway.

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AFC_Harry34 · Arsenal fan

I wonder how Roy Keane will take to being a number 2. Surprised he's taken the job after what he said in that interview in 2009, but I guess that's long gone. O'Neil is the right Man to lead them forward.

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jimbo1984 · Man Utd fan

In fairness they have potential to be a great managerial partnership but it will be hard to do anything with rep Ireland

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jimbo1984 · Man Utd fan

This will work perfectly until someone doesn't 100% agree with something Keane says...

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mrsentah · Liverpool fan

This is the weirdest duo I have every seen

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