O'Neill and Keane sign new Ireland deals
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Republic of Ireland boss Martin O'Neill and his assistant Roy Keane have signed new contracts with the FAI.
The Irish Football Association originally announced the duo were on the verge of signing new deals in June but speculation had grown that the recent delay was because a problem had arisen.
O'Neill confirmed at a press conference on Thursday that he, Keane and the rest of his backroom staff had now signed fresh terms.
"I have signed a new deal, it was never an issue," said O'Neill. "Roy and the backroom staff have followed suit. We're delighted."
The former Celtic manager has been in charge of the Green Army since succeeding Giovanni Trapattoni as boss in 2013, and he successfully guided the team to the finals of Euro 2016 this summer, where they were beaten in the knockout stage by hosts France.
The 64-year-old has also overseen Ireland's 2-2 draw away in Serbia in their first match of qualifying for the 2018 World Cup, and the experienced coach believes that point will stand them in good stead as they bid to reach back-to-back major finals.
"The point in Belgrade was very important," O'Neill added. "Anyone that finishes ahead of Serbia will go very close to winning this group."