Rumour was rife since last Friday and it’s now been officially confirmed by FAI Chief Exec John Delaney on Irish radio: Martin O’Neill will be the new manager of the Republic of Ireland, with Roy Keane as his number 2.
The pair will be unveiled to the media on Saturday afternoon.
It’s being billed as a ‘Dream Team’ by an excited Irish media who believe the Clough-influenced pair will inject a renewed enthusiasm into the Irish set-up, as well ushering in a playing style revolution after the defensive and much maligned style of the previous incumbent Giovanni Trapattoni.
John Delaney explained the decision to Irish radio this morning, while having to face down the gauntlet from host Pat Kenny, who challenged him on his chequered past dealings with Roy Keane.
Balls.ie went down on the ground this morning to voc-pop the Irish public on the news, some of whom are still hung up about the infamous Saipan affair which saw Roy Keane sent home from the 2002 World Cup…13 years ago!
Whatever people’s opinions, one thing’s for sure: there won’t be a dull moment!
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