"He'll decide for himself" - Martin O'Neill hoping Roy Keane stays on for another two years

The Republic of Ireland manager says he enjoyed his experience at the European Championships despite defeat to hosts France yesterday

"He'll decide for himself" - Martin O'Neill hoping Roy Keane stays on for another two years

Image: ©INPHO/Donall Farmer

Martin O'Neill hopes that Roy Keane will stay on as assistant manager after the European Championships, following their defeat to France in Lyon yesterday.

Speaking to the press today before heading for the airport, O'Neill was in reflective mood and said he is looking forward to continuing working with the FAI as well as with the team.

"I think my contract officially ended about a minute and a half after the result, so that was when we were out," he told reporters.

"I don’t see that being an issue now. I think I’ve agreed with John [Delaney]…and I’d be happy to continue on if he’s still feeling that way."

When asked whether Keane would be joining him in signing a new deal, he said: "I think he'll decide for himself, but absolutely [we will continue working together]. I think he’s been great for the team and I think he’s been great for everyone. I’ll sit down with him and if he feels he wants to stay with us that would be great."

Martin O'Neill and Roy Keane have been at the helm of the Irish football team since 2013. Image: ©INPHO/Donall Farmer 

You can listen to analysis on this game and more on this week's Monday Rewind podcast with Oisin Langan.