Steve Bruce hails 'great' Ireland appointment

The Hull City manager believes that the Republic of Ireland managerial duo of Roy Keane and Martin O'Neill will prove to be a positive partnership
Steve Bruce has hailed the appointment of Martin O'Neill and Roy Keane at the helm of the Republic of Ireland national team and said that fans should be excited at the prospect.

The Hull City manager, who like Keane and O'Neill had a spell managing Sunderland, described the appointment as "terrific" and is confident that the pair can be a success with the Boys in Green.

"It's a great appointment," Bruce told reporters at the KC Stadium. "I'm sure Ireland is excited to have an experienced manager in Martin.

"And of course Roy, with everything he brings to the table such as his enthusiasm, will do well."

Bruce, who played alongside Keane during his time with Manchester United, believes that the Cork native will approach the role with "hunger" and is convinced that the partnership will benefit both individuals.

"One thing Roy has to offer is an enthusiasm and one thing you can't argue is his hunger or desire to do well so I'm sure he'll do his best to help Martin and also learn from a really good manager," added the 52-year-old.

O'Neill and Keane take to the Republic of Ireland dugout for the first time next week as they face friendlies against Latvia and Poland on November 15 and 19.