Martin O'Neill confirms his decisions will be final

Martin O'Neill says he will have the final say on all matters, despite appointing Roy Keane as his assistant.

Newly-appointed Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill has said that he will be the main man in the dressing room, despite the arrival of Roy Keane as his number two.

O'Neill confirmed that Keane will have be involved in all matters, but dismissed fears that the former Manchester United midfielder will make the final decisions.

"I think Roy has a very big role to play," O'Neill told the Irish Examiner.

"I will listen to him. He's an iconic figure in football, but at the end of the day there will be one voice and that will definitely be me.

"He will be excellent for me, but more importantly he will be excellent for the Republic."

O'Neill also said that being named manager was a big achievement personally, while outlining Ireland's aims under his management.

"I'm very excited. Managing the team is a genuine privilege. We've got one aim and that's to qualify for the European Championships in 2016."

O'Neill will take charge of Ireland for the first time on Friday when they host Latvia.

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
Read Next:
Dunne welcomes O'Neill appointment
>
You May Like
Recomended from Sports Mole

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Manchester CityMan City23202167175062
2Manchester UnitedMan Utd23155348163250
3Liverpool23138254282647
4Chelsea23145441162547
5Tottenham HotspurSpurs23135546212544
6Arsenal23116641301139
7Burnley239771920-134
8Leicester CityLeicester238783432231
9Everton2376102538-1327
10Watford2375113342-926
11West Ham UnitedWest Ham2367102941-1225
12Crystal Palace2367102133-1225
13Bournemouth2366112435-1124
14Huddersfield TownHuddersfield2366111939-2024
15Newcastle UnitedNewcastle2365122131-1023
16Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton2358101729-1223
17Southampton2349102334-1121
18Stoke CityStoke2355132350-2720
19West Bromwich AlbionWest Brom23310101830-1219
20Swansea CitySwansea2345141435-2117