Tony Cottee backs Martin O'Neill appointment

New announced Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill and his assistant Roy Keane speak during the UEFA Champions League Group A match between Real Sociedad de Futbol and Manchester United at Estadio Anoeta on November 5, 2013
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Tony Cottee says that Martin O'Neill is the right man for the Republic of Ireland job.

Tony Cottee believes that Martin O'Neill is a "fantastic appointment" for the Republic of Ireland.

The former Sunderland manager was confirmed as the new head coach yesterday with Roy Keane as his assistant.

Cottee, who played under O'Neill at Leicester City, feels that his former boss is the ideal man for the job and believes that the time was right for him to go into international management.

"It's a fantastic appointment. I am a big fan of Martin O'Neill and had three wonderful years with him at Leicester," he is quoted as saying by RTE.

"He is a very charismatic manager and a very passionate man. I believe at this stage of his career it is a great move for him.

"I think he has got a point to prove, as it was not way the way he wanted to leave Sunderland."

O'Neill signed a two-year contract.

New announced Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill and his assistant Roy Keane speak during the UEFA Champions League Group A match between Real Sociedad de Futbol and Manchester United at Estadio Anoeta on November 5, 2013
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