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The ex-Manchester United midfielder has been seen as a controversial appointment as an assistant, but the former Sunderland boss is impressed by their early relationship

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill insists Roy Keane will not cause problems for his squad.

The former Manchester United midfielder was chosen by O’Neill as his assistant for the national side prior to their appointment in November.

Ireland secured a 3-0 win over Latvia in their first match under the leadership of O’Neill and Keane and the 61-year-old maintains he has been impressed by his deputy’s start to the role.

“Who knows how it may go in the next two years but I never saw this being a problem at all,” O’Neill told talkSPORT.

“Of course it was my decision to take Roy on. It might have been a bit of a surprise to the FAI when I said that is what I wanted to do but I was given the go ahead to do so.

“Roy has been out of the game since his last job at Ipswich but I know he is very keen. You always see him at matches, regardless of whether he is there in a role.

“I can’t say for one minute that I know him fantastically well but the times we have met up with him I’ve been impressed with his enthusiasm and his willingness to work.”