Wednesday 26 October 2016

Versailles Treat

Ireland boss O'Neill eyes luxury hotel for Euro 2016 base in France

The Trianon Palace in Versailles

It's a far cry from Saipan! Ireland could end up in the lap of luxury in a chateau in Versailles for the duration of the Euro 2016 finals in France.

And Austria is emerging as the likely venue for a pre-finals training camp, although a base in Spain should not be ruled out.

The Trianon Palace in Versailles boasts a two-star Michelin restaurant, facilities which would satisfy even the most demanding tastes and is one of the options being looked at by the FAI.

Martin O'Neill will get to work on the logistics of Ireland's trip to France in the coming days and is making progress in filling in the gaps in his preparation schedule with a friendly against Slovakia confirmed for March 29 at the Aviva.

O'Neill had already penciled in a game against Switzerland for March 25 and has one more warm-up to confirm in May. But he is also examining other options.

"There may be something else anyway, we're trying to do something. The two games in March, it will give me an opportunity to watch some of the players who are making a bit of progress and can stake a claim," he said.

"The likes of Harry Arter and players who might improve enough to go and be challenging for a place in the squad. Those things will be useful.

"Closer to the time when we play the (opening) game, we've got one pencilled in for May, and I probably wouldn't mind another one if we could do it," added O'Neill.

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