Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill will sign a new contract next week, according to FAI chief executive John Delaney. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

FAI chief executive says he always felt the manager would honour the verbal agreement

 Bohemians player   Oscar Brennan (second from right)  with (from left) More Than A Club representatives Shane Fox, Carina O’Brien and Ger Coughlan at Dalymount Park on Tuesday. Photograph:  David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile

‘More Than A Club’ will provide support to social projects run by clubs

A big win would quickly take the attention off Martin O’Neill. Photograph: Inpho

If social media is anything to go by his standing amongst fans has taken quite a hit

 Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill  during the SSE Airtricity/Soccer Writers Association of Ireland Awards at The Conrad Hotel in Dublin. Photograph: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Republic of Ireland manager turns down reported offer of substantial pay rise

Neither O’Neill nor Stoke responded to attempts to contact them on Sunday while the FAI would not comment on the situation.

Weekend fails to bring clarity on Republic of Ireland manager’s plans

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill, during the Soccer Writers’ Association of Ireland Awards 2017. Photograph: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Ireland manager avoids top table at Soccer Writers’ Association of Ireland banquet

Cork City manager John Caulfield is presented with his personality of the year award at the the SSE Airtricity/Soccer Writers’ Association of Ireland awards at The Conrad Hotel in Dublin. Photograph:  Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Double-winning boss claims personality of the year award

Martin O’Neill looks like remaining at the helm as Republic of Ireland manager. Photograph: Getty Images

Republic of Ireland manager to attend SWAI awards as Stoke set to appoint Quique Sánchez Flores

Martin O’Neill has left his post as Ireland manager to take over at Stoke City. Photo: Inpho

Quique Sanchez Flores is to make a decision on Friday as to whether he will take job

Martin O’Neill: Republic of Ireland manager is thought to be on Stoke City’s shortlist to succeed Mark Hughes.  Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Republic of Ireland manager has yet to sign a new contract with FAI after two months

Ciaran Kilduff left Dundalk for Jacksonville Armada in the summer. Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

MLS is progressing well but speed of NASL’s apparent demise is something of a shock

 Karolis Chvedukas in action for Lithuania against Scotland in October. Photograph: Matthew Ashton - AMA/Getty Images

The young midfielder has featured in five World Cup qualifying games for his country

Alan Judge of Brentford during the FA Cup third round match between Brentford and Notts Country at Griffin Park. Photograph: Warren Little/Getty Images

The Dubliner, who stopped watching football for a year, is finally back in action for Brentford

Martin O’Neill is being considered by Stoke City for their vacant manager’s ppsition. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Ireland manager may be tempted by a return to club football and a Premier League job

Gary McCabe has rejoined Bray Wanderers ahead of the upcoming season. Photo: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Gary McCabe, Hugh Douglas, John Sullivan, Conor Kenna and Ger Pender have all re-signed

Stoke gave Ireland a six-month deal in the summer when his four-year €16m contract expired, and another one in December to take him through to the season's end.

After two years in the widerness, Mark Hughes may give FA Cup start against Coventry City

Neil McDonald will leave Limerick FC to take the assistant manager role at Scunthorpe United. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

McDonald joins fourth-placed League One side as Graham Alexander’s assistant

Robbie Keane scores the winner for Wolves against Manchester City in the second flight in 1999. Photograph: Inpho

Striker linked with move to Championship high flyers until retirement in the summer

Referee Emma Cleary at work. “You have to keep up with the play, and fitness is a huge issue. This week it’s been four out of five days training”

Physiotherapist from Manorhamilton hopes to get into FAI’s School of Excellence

James McClean celebrates scoring his first goal in 15 months for West Brom, with team-mate Jonny Evans. The match ended in a 2-1 defeat against West Ham. Photograph: Eddie Keogh/Reuters

Derryman’s house 'wrecked' after Andy Carroll scores late winner for West Ham

The Premier League’s longest-serving manager Arsene Wenger, and one of the shortest, Alan Pardew. Photograph: Jan Kruger/Getty

Ireland manager perhaps appreciates job security in a profession where it is lacking

Seán Maguire waves goodbye to the Cork City fans after playing his final game for the club in  the  Europa League against  AEK Larnaca in Cyprus. Photograph:  Philip Soteriou/Inpho

Ireland’s World Cup rollercoaster only had one thrill and ended with a horrible spill

Dave Mackey is the new manager at the Carlisle Grounds. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

The appointment appears to underline a change in direction at the Carlisle Grounds

James McClean celebrates after scoring the winning goal  in the World Cup qualifier against Wales at Cardiff City Stadium in October. Photograph:   Harry Trump/Getty Images

It may seem a little infantile but bursting the Wales bubble left a warm feeling on a cold night in Cardiff

St Patrick’s Athletic have signed Kevin Toner from Aston Villa. Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

Former Irish youth international made four Premier League appearances

The Dublin derby of Bohemians and Shamrock Rovers at Dalymount Park will kick the season off. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Meanwhile, Cork will begin their defence of the title with a trip to Richmond Park

Manchester City’s Belgian midfielder Kevin De Bruyne celebrates scoring against Tottenham at the Etihad Stadium. Photograph: Getty Images

He hardly needs to use his goal celebrations to rub his former manager’s nose in it

Eoin Doyle skips past a tackle from MK Dons’  Joe Walsh during their recent League One clash. Photo: Harry Hubbard/Getty Images

Meanwhile, Oldham are waiting for Patrick McEleney to decide if he wants to join

Crystal Palace’s Don Rogers tackles Manchester United forward Ian Storey-Moore at Selhurst Park in 1972. “The whole [United] team went missing that day,”  says Mulligan. “Their attitude was terrible.”  Photograph: Central Press/Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Irishman’s goals against United in 5-0 Palace win heralded the end for Frank O’Farrell

David McMillan. “I’m very hungry to succeed. I don’t doubt that I’ll get the opportunity to show what I can do.” Photograph: Ken Sutton/Inpho

Ex-Dundalk striker says opportunity to play in Scottish top flight too good to turn down

John Caulfield: “You have guys at some clubs in League Two in England on £150,000 a year.” Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

City manager prepared to look to Europe as English targets on prohibitive wages

Turkish fans let off flares during the last friendly between the sides in 2014. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

At least two more friendly games are expected to be played in late May or early June

The Premier Legaue are set to introduce Saturday night fixtures as part of the  next television deal. Photograph: Oli Scarff/AFP

A new television deal on the way for the top flight but not everyone will see the benefit

John Caulfield is among the nominees for SWAI personality of the year. Photo: Inpho

All three nominees for the Personality of the Year come from the champions

See you soon? Republic of Ireland’s James McClean and Denmark’s Andreas Bjelland during the World Cup qualifying play-off. Photograph: Tim Goode/PA

And in inaugural Nations League, O’Neill’s side may face Wales and Demark again

Burnley’s Robbie Brady goes down injured after a collision with Leicester City’s Harry Maguire. Photo: Peter Powell/Reuters

Ireland international has been discharged from hospital after undergoing surgery

The American firm investing in Dundalk must be greeted with caution. Photo: Bryan Keane/Inpho

The association should learn from past mistakes, most recently at Athlone last year

In Ireland, 9.7 per cent believed their teammates would be open to the of fixing a game

Finn Harps manager Ollie Horgan will remain at the club next season. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Robbie Benson signed new deal with Dundalk, ending speculation of move to Scotland

General view after the draw for the 2018 World Cup was completed. Photo: Sergei Karpukhin/Reuters

With no group of death there aren’t too many standout games but still plenty of excitement

Airtricity League Premier Division season will get underway on February 16th

Bohemians and St Kevin’s Boys have announced a new underage partnership. Photo: Inpho

Deal comes after many schoolboy clubs were angered by exclusion from new elite leagues

PFAI general secretary Stephen McGuinness said he had not been given any formal reason for the change of policy by the FAI. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

PFAI’s Stephen McGuinness told by Fran Gavin that usual support wouldn’t be provided

Ireland manager Martin O’Neill at one stage became the bookies’ favourite to take the Everton job. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Shortened odds on Martin O’Neill taking Everton job show farcical nature of how it works

Republic of Ireland’s Cyrus Christie “was in tears” after reading abuse. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Deeply vulgar and abusive online comment upset defender greatly, says James McClean

The Irish management team look on during the second leg of the Republic's playoff against Denmark. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Neither the manager nor the association is likely to envisage a more attractive option

FAI chief executive John Delaney  at the Ireland-Denmark game. The association would have been guaranteed about €6.8 million in prize money for participating at the tournament. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Huge blow for association battling to clear its debt from construction of Aviva Stadium

Denmark’s Thomas Delaney celebrates at the end of the game. Photo: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Danish midfielder said there was much more space in the midfield for his side to work the ball

Denmark’s Christian Eriksen scores their fourth goal to complete his hat-trick. Photograph:  Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Danish playmaker scores hat-trick in comprehensive playoff victory

David Meyler: “We’re not going to lie openly and let Denmark roll us over.” Photograph: Donall Farmer/PA Wire

Midfielder says his side ‘will do everything within our power to make sure we qualify’

Martin O’Neill has suggested Ireland will need two goals in order to qualify for the World Cup. Photograph: Donall Farmer/PA

But Danes will fancy their chances of picking Irish lock if home side takes initiative

Ireland manager Martin O’Neill and assistant manager Roy Keane at the team’s training grounds. O’Neill said Denmark have the players to exploit space. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Manager says side will have to overcome the problem that they lack a natural goalscorer

 Martin O’Neill says his Ireland team are ready for Tuesday’s playoff against Denmark. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Martin O’Neill expressed support for Liam Miller who is battling pancreatic cancer

Ireland goalkeeper Darren Randolph with kit man Dick Redmond after Saturday’s World Cup first-leg play-off against Denmark at Parken stadium in Copenhagen. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

The 30-year-old goalie from Bray was central to O’Neill’s men holding Denmark at bay

Denmark’s Yussuf Poulsen and Ireland’s Stephen Ward vie for the ball in Saturday’s World Cup first leg play-off at Parken stadium in Copenhagen. Photograph: Lars Moeller/Reuters

Danes denied the comfort of a home goal as dogged Ireland team spoil the play-off party

Republic of Ireland’s Shane Duffy during the World Cup qualifying play-off first leg match at the Parken Stadium, Copenhagen. Photograph: PA

‘I can’t wait now to get back to the Aviva and have the place rocking. Bring it on’

  Harry Arter: “In an ideal world, you want to score an away goal, but to come over here and keep them at bay was a good effort.”

“It was about coming out here and getting the right result no matter how we played”

 Darren Randolph of the Republic of Ireland makes a save against Denmark.  Photograph: Catherine Ivill/Getty Images

All to play for in second leg as Denmark held to scoreless draw in Copenhagen

Glenn Whelan and Jeff Hendrick training with the Republic of Ireland squad at Parken stadium in Copenhagen on Friday. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Martin O’Neill’s men need to produce some magic in Copenhagen to deny the Danish

FAI chief executive John Delaney: staff members are angry at what they see is a firm promise of pay restoration being broken. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

John Delaney told staff salary cuts of 10% in 2012 would be reversed within 18 months

Martin O’Neill has confirmed Jeff Hendrick is fit for Saturday’s playoff clash with Denmark. Photograph: Tim Goode/PA

Ireland manager urges his side to ‘go again’ in Saturday night’s playoff first leg

Denmark midfielder Christian Eriksen at  a press conference at the Telia Parken Stadion in Copenhagen. Photograph: Anders Kjaerbye/AFP/Getty Images

Danish coach not expecting anything new from Ireland in playoffs

Around 2,400 Irish supporters will be in the away end at the Parken stadium for Saturday’s World Cup playoff against Denmark. Photograph: Lars Ronbog/Sportsagency/Lars Ronbog

Irsk? Mig? Aldrig! - Three words you might need in Copenhagen on Saturday night

David Meyler and Shane Duffy (centre) of the Republic of Ireland squad training at the FAI National Training Centre in Dublin. Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

Containing Christian Eriksen is a priority for Ireland, and Duffy may keep the Danes at bay

Cork City’s Sean Maguire was among the three players from his side to make the PFAI Premier Division Team of the Year. Photograph:   Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Just three Cork players make team compared with four from Stephen Kenny’s side

The Ireland squad in training on Wednesday ahead of the World Cup playoffs with Denmark. Photo: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

Bournemouth midfielder has played against the Dane on a number of ocassions before

Only a small fraction of Irish fans travelling to Copenhagen for Ireland’s World Cup playoffs will actually be in the ground. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Tickets bought for sections reserved for Danish supporters not mailed to Ireland

Derry’s Barry McNamee has joined Cork City. Photograph: Evan Logan/Inpho

Midfielder joins champions after scoring 10 league goals during 2017 campaign

Republic of Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane speaks at a press conference on Tuesday: “If players don’t know by now how big the game is, we’re all in trouble.” Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Ireland assistant says he would say ‘f**k-all’ to former teammate if he came across him

Republic of Ireland Under-21 manager Noel King: “Nobody is in any doubt about the enormity of the challenge we face.” Photograph: Inpho

Manager makes just one change for European championship qualifier in Norway

Age Hareide and Christian Eriksen celebrate after the FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier match between Denmark and Kazakhstan at Telia Parken Stadium in Copenhagen, Denmark. Photo: Lars Ronbog / FrontZoneSport via Getty Images

Danish newspaper has suggested that Eriksen is worth more than the full Ireland team

Cork City’s Greg Bolger and Karl Sheppard celebrate winning the league. Photo: Inpho

Sheppard re-signs for double winners despite widely being expected to join Dundalk

The Republic of Ireland squad during a training session at the FAI National Training Centre, Abbotstown. Ireland take on Denmark in the first leg of their World Cup playoff in Copenhagen this Saturday. Photo: Niall Carson/PA Wire

‘Because it’s Tuesday I’m personally not over-worried,’ said Roy Keane when asked

FAI Cup: Cork City’s Alan Bennett lifts the trophy after their penalty shoot-out against Dundalk at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

McNulty’s save from Duffy defining moment of penalty shootout that decided FAI Cup

Cork City’s Alan Bennett lifts the FAI Cup triphy after the penalty shoot-out victory over Dundalk at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

John Caulfield’s side fight back from going behind to win on penalties

Alan Bennett: “I know I’m probably blowing a horn for Cork City now but I honestly think we’re a little bit different down here in how the club is run and just the county we’re in.” Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Having returned from England, veteran stresses importance of developing Cork’s future

 Denmark manager Age Hareide during a friendly against Germany in June. He points to the match as a turning point. Photograph:  Getty Images

Denmark manager believes the way to play football is to attack teams and score goals

Cork City manager John Caulfield lifts the trophy after City’s SSE Airtricity League Premiership Division win over Bray Wanderers in October. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Managers Stephen Kenny and John Caulfield go head-to-head at third successive cup final

Top scorer Clare Shine will be back for Cork City’s pivotal weekend clashes. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

We will be quietly confident going into the match against UCD, says Ciara McNamara

“Both teams will be as hungry as each other, it’s just who performs better on the day,” said Dundalk captain Stephen O’Donnell in reference to his side’s FAI Cup final against Cork City. Photograph:  Ciaran Culligan/Inpho

Preston star was ‘league’s best striker in last 20 years’, says captain ahead of cup final

Only a small fraction of Irish fans travelling to Copenhagen for Ireland’s World Cup playoffs will actually be in the ground. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Supporters were required to have attended the last six away games to be eligible

Mark McNulty jumps into the crowd at the shed end to celebrate Cork City’s league triumph. Photograph: Inpho

Dundalk manager also alluded to incident involving McNulty after last year's cup final

 Riza Durmisi in action for Denmark against Bulgaria last year. Photograph: Atsushi Tomura/Getty Images

Nicolai Jorgensen returns for Ireland playoff having missed the last two group games

Cork City manager John Caulfield celebrates title triumph. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Champions seek way to offset potential loss of number of players from their squad

 Martin O’Neill: victory over Denmark for his Republic of Ireland side could prove  very lucrative for the FAI. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

Tickets for Ireland playoff games go for multiple of face value on ‘secondary’ websites

FAI Chief Executive John Delaney pictured at the FAI Football For All Strategic Plan Launch. The organisation will receive over €7 million should Ireland beat Denmark and reach the World Cup. Photo: Gary Carr/Inpho

Fifa increased the total prize money for Russia by 12 per cent at a meeting on Friday

Tickets for Ireland’s World Cup playoff second leg encounter with Denmark are selling for up to €550 on secondary ticket websites. Photo: Inpho

FAI have insisted that they operate a ‘zero tolerance policy’ when it comes to touting

Christian Eriksen: “You have to get close enough to him so that he’s not running the show,” says Martin O’Neill. Photograph: Alex Livesey/Getty Images

Tottenham midfielder ‘in that little group that includes Hazard, Suarez, Neymar’

Ireland midfielder James McCarthy in World Cup qualifier against Moldova last year: player has been named in Martin O’Neill’s    preliminary squad for next month’s  play-off against Denmark. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Ireland manager says Keane will continue in his role for Euro 2020 qualifying campaign

James McCarthy looks set to be fit for Ireland’s World Cup playoff with Denmark after returning to first team action with Everton on Wednesday night. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Martin O’Neill also said that Seamus Coleman could be back in action in December

Cork City celebrate a draw with Derry City which secured them the league title. Photograph: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

John Caulfield’s side limped over the line and need to get recruitment right for next year

Ian Bermingham celebrates scoring St Pat’s third against Cork City. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Champions go two goals up before hosts rally and take a thriller at Richmond Park

St Patrick’s manager Liam Buckley says he is unconcerned about what team Cork City put out on Friday night. Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

Three games in the Premier Division will have a significant bearing on relegation fight

 Denmark midfielder Christian Eriksen:  manager Age Hareide has tailored his tactics to suit the 25-year-old. Photograph:  Martin Rose/Bongarts/Getty Images

With eight goals in 10 qualifying games, the great Dane has been key to side’s success

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill and assistant manager Roy Keane at Fifa headquarters, in Zurich, Switzerland, for the play-off draw. Photograph:  Andy Mueller/Inpho

Managers’ interesting history makes their World Cup playoff clash all the more exciting

Seán Maguire’s goals helped Cork City to claim the Airtricity League Premier Division title despite the striker leaving to join Preston North End. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Scoreless draw with Derry finally gets the job done for John Caulfield’s side

The results of the Fifa football World Cup 2018 European play-off draw is displayed on the big screen in Zurich. Photograph:	Getty Images

Northern Ireland drawn against Switzerland with first leg in Belfast

Hurricane Ophelia winds damaged the roof of a stand at Cork City’s Turner’s Cross ground. Photograph: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

Potential league decider gets go-ahead despite damage to stand from Hurricane Ophelia

The teams line up for the anthem ahead of the Wales v Republic of Ireland qualifier at Cardiff City Stadium. Photograph:   Ryan Byrne/Inpho

World Cup playoff draw: Seeded teams won’t be daunted by trip to Dublin but they would be wary

Brighton’s Shane Duffy grimaces as he receives treatment on the pitch before being substituted during the Premier League match against Everton. Photograph: Dan Istitene/Getty Images

Meanwhile, Shane Duffy has undergone a scan for a groin injury suffered on Saturday

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