Martin O'Neill extends Republic of Ireland contract

Martin O'Neill has discussed staying on with John Delaney

Speaking about the new deal, O'Neill said: "I spoke to John (Delaney) very recently and he said on behalf of the board that they would like to extend my contract for another couple of years obviously with the Euros coming up".

If they do so, they will wreck Ireland's hopes of securing a play-off berth and, having held Wales at 0-0 for 80 minutes in Chisinau last month, they fully intend to make life just as hard for Martin O'Neill's men. The reverse fixture nearly a year ago to the day finished 3-1 to the Boys in Green and with home advantage and realistic hopes of a play-off spot, there are few reasons to oppose O'Neill's men making the ideal start to this double header.

Considering the players they have they should have put Group F to bed two or three games ago.

"We came from Tbilisi last month to play a home game against Serbia, it's a long journey back but there are no excuses - it has to happen".

James McClean and Robbie Brady are both suspended and that's an issue but the Republic should have enough quality to secure a comfortable victory.

O'Neill's record reads favourably compared to previous incumbents and there is a lot to be said for continuity within an worldwide setup that desperately needs to bring through a new generation of Irish footballers.

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"When he comes in, his little bits of training he does with us, he's always been impressive". Of those attackers who are available, Aiden McGeady has scored no goals in 28 games, while Shane Long has only scored once in 13.

"I think that he can improve greatly on his hold-up play outside the penalty area and I have said that to him".

"So I think there is much to look forward to". "I think if they were called upon to go in, whether it's to start or go in, I think they will be ready".

There was no mention as to whether O'Neill's assistant, Roy Keane, will remain with the Irish set-up for the Euro 2020 campaign.

The FAI picked a unusual time to announce Martin O'Neill and his backroom team's contract extension until 2020.

"I'm delighted. I've enjoyed it immensely. But I think at some stage or other, he will step into management himself". "I feel if Rory wants an autograph, he'll probably get it".

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