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.
– Martin O'Neill.
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.