Martin O’Neill will be the Republic of Ireland’s manager for the 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign after agreeing terms on a new two-year deal.
On the eve of the European Championships in France, the 64-year-old has been rewarded for what has been an encouraging showing in the hot seat since replacing Giovanni Trapattoni.
O’Neill’s backroom team of Roy Keane, Steve Walford, Steve Guppy, and Seamus McDonagh will also stay on for the same period.
I am delighted that John Delaney and the FAI Board have extended our contracts for the World Cup campaign.
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.
– Martin O’Neill
FAI CEO John Delaney said that he is delighted to be working with O’Neill and the rest of the team, and stated that it was a unanimous decision to renew their contracts.
It’s a busy time for the former Leicester City and Glasgow Celtic boss with Ireland heading to Versailles to prepare for their opening Euro 2016 game against Sweden next Monday.
O’Neill sparked a bit of controversy in a discussion with Today FM’s Matt Cooper in Cork last week when he made a joke about himself and Keane not being “queers”.
He has since apologised, stating that his comment was “deeply regrettable” and not something that will be repeated in future.
There are no such issues, however, with football related matters, with big performances against Germany, Georgia and Bosnia and Herzegovina in particular still fresh in the memory from the Euro 2016 qualifiers.