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 rapport
The former Aston Villa coach surprised many by choosing the ex-Manchester United captain as his assistant coach given the Corkonian's fractious relationship with the Football Association of Ireland (FAI).
However, after Ireland secured a 3-0 win over Latvia in their first match under the leadership of O’Neill and Keane, the latter was quick to lavish praise on his right-hand man.
“Who knows how it may go in the next two years but I never saw this being a problem at all,” the 61-year-old Northern Irishman told talkSPORT.
“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.”