Republic of Ireland set to appoint Martin O'Neillby Jack Kitson / 04 November 2013, 10:56Tweet
Martin O'Neill is on the cusp of becoming the new Republic of Ireland manager, with bookmakers suspending betting on the market following a flurry of bets on the ex-Sunderland boss. According to reports O'Neill will bring in former Ireland skipper Roy Keane as his Number Two, with the Football Association of Ireland reportedly set to announce the appointment this week.
The dream duo will be tasked with leading Ireland through qualifying to Euro 2016. The Green Army endured a disappointing 2014 World Cup qualifying campaign, with former boss Giovanni Trapattoni paying the price for failing to lead them through to Brazil next summer. The FAI have since been searching for a big name replacement and they now appear to have found their man in O’Neill.
In the meantime Under-21 manager Noel King, who was caretaker for Ireland’s final two qualifiers, is set to pick a preliminary squad for his country’s upcoming friendlies against Latvia and Poland. The Irish host Latvia on Friday 15th November, before travelling to Poland four days later.