Ex-Sunderland bosses Martin O’Neill and Roy Keane to be ‘bad cop/ bad bad cop’ Republic of Ireland managers

NEW IRISH BOSS: Former Sunderland manager Martin O'Neill
NEW IRISH BOSS: Former Sunderland manager Martin O'Neill

FORMER Sunderland bosses Martin O’Neill and Roy Keane have teamed up to become the Republic of Ireland’s managerial dream team.

The 61-year-old Ulsterman and the 42-year-old former Manchester United and Republic of Ireland skipper have signed initial two-year contracts after concluding talks with the Football Association of Ireland.

The pair, who were on duty as ITV pundits at the Champions League clash between Real Sociedad and Manchester United, expressed their delight.

Asked if it was a marriage made in heaven, O’Neill said with a smile: “Well, I think I’m the bad cop and he’s the bad, bad cop.

“We’re excited by it. It looks like we’ve something to go with. I’m looking forward to it greatly.”

Keane added: “It’s fantastic news. I’m honoured that Martin has asked me to come and help him with the team.”