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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."