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Ireland set to break bank to secure O’Neill and Keane

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Dream Team: O’Neill and Keane both currently work for ITV

MARTIN O’NEILL is expected to be confirmed as the new Republic of Ireland manager early this week – with Roy Keane as his assistant.

Former Celtic and Aston Villa manager O’Neill will cost the Football Association of Ireland at least £1m a year in wages, while Keane will command around £593,000.

O’Neill is also reportedly set to earn an €800,000 bonus if he takes the Republic to the Euro 2016 finals.

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Although modest by Premier League standards, the salaries put O’Neill and Keane among the best-paid international coaches in Europe.

It is understood that Celtic supremo Dermot Desmond, a close personal friend of 61-year-old O’Neill, was a significant force in helping seal the deal.

And Irish businessman Denis O’Brien, who part-funded Giovanni Trapattoni’s reign, is reported to have agreed to continue similar financial support for a further two years.

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