O'Neill optimistic about Republic of Ireland stay

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Despite bowing out of Euro 2016 at the hands of France in the last 16 on Sunday, the ex-Sunderland manager says he is keen to remain in charge of the national team

Martin O'Neill believes everything is in place for him and assistant Roy Keane to remain in charge of Republic of Ireland following their Euro 2016 elimination.

O'Neill has been in charge since November 2013 and guided the Green Army through a European Championship group stage for the first time prior to Sunday's 2-1 defeat to France in the last 16.

The former Sunderland boss says his contract expired "about a minute-and-a-half after" the final whistle in Lyon.

But, having already reached a verbal agreement over a two-year extension on both his and Keane's respective deals, O'Neill is optimistic about his future.

"I think we're pretty well all in place if the FAI [Football Association of Irleand] board want to continue on," he said after the France game.

"I'd like to do that [keep Keane]. Absolutely - I think he's been great for the team.

"I'll sit down with him, and if he feels he wants to stay with us, then great."

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