Aviva Stadium

Next Game

Rep Ire v England

Sunday, 07 June 2015, 20:00

International Match

Aviva Stadium

Last Game

Rep Ire 1 - 1 Poland

Sunday, 29 March 2015, 19:45

European Qualifiers Group D

O'Neill: It's a privilege

Martin O'Neill admits he jumped at the chance of becoming the new manager of the Republic of Ireland.

Last Updated: 06/11/13 at 12:40 Post Comment

Martin O'Neill: Privileged to be named Republic of Ireland coach

Martin O'Neill: Privileged to be named Republic of Ireland coach

O'Neill, a former captain of Northern Ireland, was named as Giovanni Trapattoni's successor on Tuesday, with former Republic skipper Roy Keane as his number two.

"It's a privilege to manage the Republic of Ireland," he told Sky Sports. "A job like this may not come around for quite some considerable time.

"The Republic of Ireland have had some success, Jack Charlton was great, Mick McCarthy was excellent and Trapattoni did very well indeed and all stayed in the job for quite a number of years.

"So that opportunity may not be afforded to anyone in the foreseeable future."

And O'Neill, who has signed an initial two-year deal, insists the players will have no problem working with Keane despite his public fall-out with the FAI hierarchy at the World Cup finals of 2002.

"It's been a long, long time since that happened," he said. "I have spoken to John Delaney (FAI chief executive) and he is very, very pleased indeed that Roy is coming on board.

"Roy is naturally delighted himself and I think that going forward everything should be fine.

"The players will have no problem working with him. They will be very positive as they want to play for their country, regardless of who is running the team."

Ray Houghton, who had been tasked with helping to identify Trapattoni's replacement, insists there is 'no grey area' over the roles of O'Neill and Keane in the new managerial set-up.

Speaking to Sky Sports News, the former Ireland midfielder said: "Roy knows what he wants, where he wants to take the team alongside Martin, but he knows his position.

"Martin will be the manager and Roy will assist. So there's no grey area there, it's not like Roy's going to be on level terms.

"Martin will be the number one and Roy will do everything in his power to help him. It could be a good learning curve for Roy."

And Houghton believes Keane's strained relations with FAI officials in the past will have no bearing on his new role under O'Neill.

He added: "That won't be a problem. It took 30 seconds to put everything out of the way and now it's down to business.

"We have to leave the past in the past. We can't do anything about it. We can't change the past, what we can change is the future.

"For Irish football, it shows we're going in the right direction. It's exciting times. The next couple of years should be very, very good."

O'Neill, who takes over with the Republic 59th in the FIFA rankings, their lowest standing, will have his first taste of international management against Latvia at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin, on Friday, November 15.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

still can't see the Phil Jones thing that some people go on about. Whenever I watch him play it's a repeat of headless chicken meets a gurning Bambi on ice for 90 minutes.

diabolicaldiaby
F365's Top Ten Defenders Of The Season

P

robably the first list I've come across in a long time where I agree with a large majority of what was written. Can't agree with everything though, Zaba has had an awful season by his standards, I'd put Monreal (a player who I've never rated) up there, gotta give credit where it's due, he's really stepped up his game.

scroteymcbooger
F365's Top Ten Defenders Of The Season

S

ome top analysis here..... UNITED WOULD BE TOP IF IT WEREN'T FOR ALL THEM GAMES THEY LOST

benvo81
United Progress Stifled By Bottom-Half Record

Footer 365

Arsene Wenger only wants to bring 'world-class' players to Arsenal

Arsene Wenger has revealed he is only looking to add “top, world-class players” to his Arsenal squad this summer.

Chelsea are the example to other clubs, says Gary Neville

Other Premier League clubs should take Chelsea's lead if they are to be more successful, says Gary Neville.

Burnley appeal Michael Duff red card against West Ham

Burnley have appealed against Michael Duff’s red card following his sending off against West Ham.

Mail Box

Arsenal Need Three. These Three...

One mailboxer has the realistic answers to Arsenal's summer transfer needs. We also have plenty more on Newcastle fans, handballs, Chelsea selling and Johnny...

Blaming Van Gaal For United Slump...

Wayne Rooney in midfield, the same balls aimed at Marouane Fellaini...Louis van Gaal has to find a solution. And a Burnley fan embraces relegation...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company