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The Football Association of Ireland believes that there will be 'no impediment' to the unveiling of Roy Keane and Martin O'Neill as Ireland's management team

Roy Keane has made a dramatic return to the Republic of Ireland fold as Martin O'Neill's assistant coach.

The Manchester United legend has a chequered history with his national team, having led his country to the 2002 World Cup with a string of Herculean performances only to then pull out of the tournament after an infamous bust-up with then coach Mick McCarthy.

Keane would later resume playing for Ireland but he has always had a fractious relationship with the Football Association of Ireland (FAI). However, he has now accepted the opportunity to work alongside former Leicester City and Celtic boss O'Neill, who was announced as the Republic's new boss on Tuesday.

"Contracts have yet to be signed but there is nothing in principle that will be an impediment to Martin O'Neill being our manager," FAI chief executive John Delaney told Newstalk. "I hope that this coming Saturday we will have an unveiling."

Addressing the eyebrow-raising appointment of Keane, he added: "That was Martin's decision. The backroom staff for a manager is his decision."

O'Neill and Keane are currently on punditry duties with ITV and will appear alongside one another during Tuesday night's broadcast of Real Sociedad's Champions League clash with Manchester United.

The pair will then take their place in the dug-out for Ireland's November 15 friendly at the Aviva Stadium against Latvia.

O'Neill replaces Giovanni Trapattoni, whose five-and-a-half year reign in charge came to an end with defeat to Austria in September.

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