Martin O’Neill ‘delighted’ to sign new deal with Republic of Ireland

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill
Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill and his assistant Roy Keane have signed new contracts through to the end of the 2018 World Cup.

O’Neill took over during qualifying for the 2014 World Cup after Giovanni Trapattoni was sacked when Ireland’s hopes of reaching Brazil ended, and he has led the side to Euro 2016.

They begin their campaign against Sweden at the Stade de France on Monday and O’Neill, Keane, and backroom staff Steve Guppy, Seamus McDonagh and Steve Walford have penned new deals on the eve of the tournament.

“I am delighted that John Delaney and the FAI Board have extended our contracts for the World Cup campaign,” said O’Neill.

“It has been an absolute privilege to have been in charge of the Republic of Ireland national team these last 30 months and we go to France tomorrow in good spirits, with a strong desire to do well in the next few weeks.

“The players have done brilliantly in the campaign so far and they are ready for the big challenges ahead.”

Irish FA CEO Delaney hailed a “great day” for Irish football after the former Celtic and Leicester manager agreed to extend his stay at the helm.

“I am delighted we have agreed terms with Martin and his team of Roy Keane, Steve Guppy, Seamus McDonagh and Steve Walford,” said Delaney.

“The board of the FAI were unanimous in offering Martin and his full management team a renewal of their contracts.

“Since Martin has taken over we have achieved the objective of qualifying for the Euros and he has led the project in helping to develop some of the emerging talents in Irish football, including Robbie Brady and Shane Duffy.”