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Saturday 21 April 2018

We will be 'bad cop and bad bad cop'

Martin O'Neill. Picture: Getty
Martin O'Neill. Picture: Getty

MARTIN O'Neill and Roy Keane's management style will be a case of "bad cop and bad bad cop", O'Neill has said.

The "dream team" were pundits on ITV's Champions League coverage last night, but the main topic of discussion was their new jobs with Ireland.

The duo were presented to viewers by host Adrian Chiles as "the new Republic of Ireland management team".

 

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Asked why he chose Keane as his assistant, O'Neill said: "I've asked myself that many a time in the last 48 hours, but he's coming with me.

"I think he'll be great for me, but more importantly, he'll be great for the Republic of Ireland."

Keane said: "Fantastic news. Delighted, obviously. Honoured that Martin's asked me to go and help him with the team. Very excited – I mightn't look it but I am. Looking forward to working with the players and trying to get to the Euros."

It will be a case of "yin and yang, but I don't know who's yin and who's yang", Chiles joked.

"I think I'm the bad cop and I think he's the bad, bad cop," O'Neill added.

"But I think we're excited by it. It looks like we've got something to go with I'm looking forward to it greatly."

Once they sign a €2m deal, O'Neill will be officially unveiled as the manager at a press conference in Dublin on Saturday. However, it is not expected that Keane will attend.

The pair were in Spain last night to watch Real Sociedad take on Keane's old club, Manchester United.

"They have signed. It's 100pc, both of them. Everything was agreed today. It was just a question of how it would be done," John Delaney told the Herald.

The FAI chief said he and Keane have buried the hatchet over the Saipan controversy.

"I know there's been a lot made of my relationship with Roy personally or with the FAI, but that's in the past," he said.

"It took '37 seconds' to dispatch what had happened in the past.

"All I said was, 'Listen, a lot has gone on in the past, let's forget about it and move on, and I hope the three of us can work together for the sake of Irish football'."

However, he admitted that future spats could not be ruled out.

 

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"You can never say that," he said, laughing. "On Christmas Day there are always spats in any family – that's football, that's life, that's what happens," added Delaney.

"We're all on the same page here. We all want us to do well."

O'Neill and Keane are expected to meet up with the squad in Dublin on Sunday and will be in the dugout for the friendly match with Latvia at the Aviva Stadium on November 15.

comurphy@herald.ie

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