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Published: 18:11 | 7/6/16

Martin O'Neill signs new FAI deal

Manager and staff to remain until 2018

Martin O'Neill has put pen to paper on a new deal that will keep him in charge of the Republic of Ireland national team until after the 2018 World Cup.

Assistant manager Roy Keane and the rest of the coaching staff, including Steve Guppy, Seamus McDonagh and Steve Walford, have also signed similar deals.

There had been much speculation over the future of O'Neill and his team as they were out of contract at the end of the Euro 2016 tournament.

Although, discussions had ben ongoing for quite a while, there was little obvious sign of agreement and much speculation that Roy Keane in particular was planning to return to club management.

However, O'Neill declared himself "delighted" to have agreed a new deal on the eve of the squad's departure for France ahead of their opening Euro 2016 clash against Sweden next Monday.

"I am delighted that John Delaney and the FAI Board have extended our contracts for the World Cup campaign," he said.

"It has been an absolute privilege to be 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."

By: Kieran O'Daly

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