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‘Martin O’Neill would be a good choice’: Roy Keane on the Ireland job

The former Sunderland and Ipswich manager was non-committal on his own chances.

Keano says O'Neill would be a smart pick for the Ireland job.
Keano says O'Neill would be a smart pick for the Ireland job.
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ROY KEANE HAS expressed his view that Martin O’Neill would be an intelligent appointment by the FAI as they continue to search for a manager to take over the Ireland job.

While the Corkman was coy about his own chances, he was happy to highlight O’Neill’s credentials for the role. Keane also said he was encouraged by the FAI’s refusal to rush into hiring a new man after Giovanni Trapattoni’s departure just over two weeks ago.

Speaking to FM104 at the Mayfield East Community Awards last night, the former Man Utd midfielder said:

Martin O’Neill would be a good choice as the Republic of Ireland manager. I know a little bit about Martin, I think he would be a very good choice. I think the FAI have done the right thing in stepping back and taking a look at what is out there but I think Martin would be a very good choice, a good guy for the job.”

Keane went on to say he had not given a lot of thought to the possibility of being approached about taking control of the Irish team, stating that he had “more important things to be worrying about.”

The FAI continue to assess the various candidates, with Noel King appointed as caretaker manager in the meantime.

Audio courtesy of FM104.

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