O'Neill Will Sign New Deal Soon-Delaney

Martin O'Neill

Martin O'Neill

The situation was clarified on Tuesday when O'Neill confirmed he had agreed a deal to remain as Ireland manager.

It's the way it happened last time around.

"There's no doubt the Denmark game was a blow - it was a really disappointing night". It was a blow.

Sky sources understand Stoke had discussions with O'Neill about replacing Mark Hughes following his sacking, but the Republic boss turned them down in order to stay with Ireland.

And Martin took some time to consider he would...reflect on whether he was going to renew his contract for another two years. "They'll meet with our legal team, and the contract will be signed prior to the Nations League draw next week".

"There's a lot of trust between the manager and the association".

"I felt - and the association felt - that there was unfinished business, that the night of Denmark, that wasn't the way he should finish". However, he conceded that a new deal may not be enough to stave off interest from Premier League clubs if they make the right offer to O'Neill.

"What I do know about Martin is that he always had a very open and trusting relationship with the FAI".

The questions moved swiftly on to the Nations League, where O'Neill said: "I think the European Nations draw is an interesting one; it's coming up very, very quickly and obviously it is taking place now before the Euros in itself".

"It's not so much a clause, it's an understanding", Delaney said at the announcement of the Aviva Stadium's sponsorship extension, which will now run to 2025. There have been many approaches to Martin in his time since he has joined us as manager.

Would the FAI stand in his way? But he doesn't, he wants to be the manager of the Republic of Ireland.

"If an employee wants to leave an employer, nobody can stop them". It's like a footballer wanting to leave Liverpool for Barcelona, or whatever.

"If Martin O'Neill wanted to manage Stoke City or other clubs, he could have done so by now".

"Whether there is a contract or not, clubs have been approaching Martin since he started with us", said Delaney, who claimed the FAI would have received cash if their out-of-contract boss had left.

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