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West Ham's O'Brien set for scan on hamstring

Republic of Ireland defender Joey O'Brien is due to undergo a scan on a hamstring injury on Saturday.

The West Ham defender felt the problem during the warm-up to Friday night's 3-0 friendly victory over Latvia and sat out training in Malahide on Saturday morning.

He just felt a little bit last night in the warm-up, so even though there was an opportunity last night to play him, we wouldn't have done so just because there might be some risk, so he is going for a scan later on

– Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill

Martin O'Neill surprised that no club took a chance on Roy Keane

Martin O'Neill has admitted he is surprised no club has taken the chance to hand Roy Keane a return to management.

The new Republic of Ireland manager appointed the 42-year-old as his assistant last week with Keane having been out of the game since losing his job at Ipswich in January 2011.

I am. I know that he feels things didn't go very well at Ipswich for him.

I think sometimes it's forgotten as well that in his first season, he actually got Sunderland promoted and did very well. Some of those things get lost in time and people want to forget that.

But I think I was surprised that he hadn't had another opportunity, that somebody wouldn't have taken a chance with him.

But who knows what might happen here? He's here, he is focussed on it. He wants to do it and I think you will find tomorrow that he is especially ready for it.

– Martin O'Neill.

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First day on the job for O'Neill and Keane

Martin O'Neill and Roy Keane take their first Republic of Ireland training session. Credit: PA
There was even time for a joke. Credit: PA
'So I said to Mick …' Credit: PA

Martin O'Neill privileged to take on Republic of Ireland job

Martin O'Neill could not turn down the opportunity to manage the Republic of Ireland.

The 61-year-old Northern Irishman and number two Roy Keane each signed initial two-year deals on Tuesday as the FAI's search for a replacement for Giovanni Trapattoni drew to a close.

It's a privilege to do it. You know, a job like this may not come round again for quite some considerable time.

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

I am sure that the players will be very positive. I think, generally speaking, they want to play for their country anyway, regardless of who is the manager.

There will be some expectation too, but I think we can live with that.

– Martin O'Neill.
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