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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