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Published: 20:06 | 28/4/16

O'Neill stays silent on future

Contract ends after Euro 2016

Martin O'Neill has refused to say if he will still be Republic of Ireland manager after Euro 2016.

O'Neill's contract, along with that of assistant manager Roy Keane, ends this summer and the former Leicester, Celtic and Aston Villa boss may be tempted by a return to club management.

However, he did reveal that he is currently in negotiations with FAI chief executive John Delaney on a new deal.

“These contractual conversations take place on almost a daily basis,” he said.

“I have good relationship with John [Delaney], I hope he would echo that but I think I get on pretty well with him and I’m not that easy to get on with.

“Overall we’re fine and we know where we’re going. There’s no update but I don’t think it’s wildly important.

“When John took me on board a couple of years ago we did it without having to worry about signatures on such things, so I think that John and I pretty comfortable with things at the moment.

“There’s a lot more important things and I don’t think players have to worry about this sort of thing at all.

“We’ve got big games coming up now, we’re looking forward to them immensely and naturally at this stage now, we’re a wee bit concerned about injuries and things people might pick up and hopefully make recoveries.”

O'Neill also said that there will be something of a rebuilding job to be done after Euro 2016 by whomever the incumbent boss is, with players like Robbie Keane and Shay Given expected to end their international careers after the tournament.

"Regardless of whatever happens out in France it will be a new competition," he added.

"Of course there are some players who are still capable of playing and one or two who may think, ‘I’ve had a great career and it’s been fantastic’.

"For instance, Shay Given maybe thought it wasn’t the way he wanted to bow out from the game a few years ago. He’s fought his way back and hopefully he recovers in time but those sort of thoughts are in players minds all the time."

By: Kieran O'Daly

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