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Martin O'Neill and Roy Keane are expected to comprise a new management team as the Football Association of Ireland prepares for post-Trapattoni era

Neil Lennon believes that the prospective appointment of Martin O'Neill as manager of the Republic of Ireland, with Roy Keane as his assistant manager, will be "exciting to watch."

According to reports, the Football Association of Ireland (FAI) is set to officially name O'Neill as the successor to former manager Giovanni Trapattoni in a matter of days. Keane, who has been out of a job since being sacked as manager of Ipswich Town in January 2011, is believed to have been chosen by O'Neill to act as assistant manager.

Celtic boss Lennon played under O'Neill during the Derry native's five-year tenure as Hoops boss, as well as alongside Keane for one season in 2005-2006 and noted that the pair were "great characters" who will "have the players on their toes."

"It'll be very interesting," Lennon told reporters. "They're two great characters with a vast knowledge of the game, two very proud men as well. God help the players!"

He continued: "I'm surprised because I didn't realise there was a connection between the two but Roy has a great knowledge of the game, he was a magnificent player, one of the best of his generation and he'll lift any team walking into that dressing room.

"He'll have the players on their toes, as will Martin and it'll be exciting to watch."

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