Euro 2016 play-off: Martin O'Neill 'open' to new Republic deal

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill has been in the job for two years
Martin O'Neill says he has enjoyed the Republic of Ireland job "immensely"

Euro 2016 play-off first leg: Bosnia-Herzegovina v Rep of Ireland

Venue:
Stadion Bilino Polje, Zenica
Date:
Friday, 13 November
Kick-off:
19:45 GMT
Coverage:
Updates on BBC Radio 5 live and the BBC Sport Website

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill says he is "open" to extending his contract after confirming that his bosses want him to remain in charge.

He is believed to have been offered a new two-year deal before the Euro 2016 play-off against Bosnia-Herzegovina.

O'Neill says he has discussed the issue with Football Association of Ireland chief executive John Delaney.

"I think John and the board would want it to continue and I have enjoyed it immensely," said the Republic boss.

"We had a conversation after Scotland (in June) and John was very supportive, felt as if this is the way we want to go forward, and that was very pleasing to hear.

"We haven't really talked about it since, but I haven't been pressing because there are actually very important things to deal with.

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"If we could qualify, that would be great and we would go on to France. I would be delighted to do that if that's the case.

"But if we didn't qualify, John and myself will sit down and see where we go."

The Republic face Bosnia in a two-legged play-off, on Friday and Monday, for a place in Euro 2016.

Squad captain Robbie Keane believed it would be "silly" for O'Neill not to be retained after a battling qualification campaign.

The shock win over world champions Germany last month helped the Irish achieve the play-off spot that had looked beyond them midway through the campaign.

O'Neill's squad face the Bosnians in Friday's first leg in Zenica and will hope to seal qualification in the return game in Dublin on Monday.

The LA Galaxy striker said: "From the very, very start of the campaign, certainly as a group we have grown into it a lot more.

"It would be silly if the manager didn't get a new contract - he has obviously done a great job.

"We certainly want to finish this campaign off now with qualification for France, because we started the campaign off having that goal in our minds."

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Czech Rep107121914522
2Iceland106221761120
3Turkey10532149518
4Netherlands104151714313
5Kazakhstan10127718-115
6Latvia10055619-135

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Belgium107212451923
2Wales10631114721
3Bos-Herze105231712517
4Israel104151614213
5Cyprus104061617-112
6Andorra100010436-320

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Spain109012332027
2Slovakia10712178922
3Ukraine106131441019
4Belarus10325814-611
5Luxembourg10118627-214
6Macedonia10118618-124

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Germany107122491522
2Poland1063133102321
3R. of Ireland105321971218
4Scotland1043322121015
5Georgia103071016-69
6Gibraltar100010256-540

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1England1010003132830
2Switzerland107032481621
3Slovenia105141811716
4Estonia1031649-510
5Lithuania10316718-1110
6San Marino10019136-351

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Northern Ireland10631168821
2Romania10550112920
3Hungary10442119216
4Finland10334910-112
5Faroe Islands10208617-116
6Greece10136714-76

G

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Austria109102251728
2Russia106222151620
3Sweden10532159618
4Montenegro103251013-311
5Liechtenstein10127226-245
6Moldova10028416-122

H

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Italy10730167924
2Croatia106312051520
3Norway106131310319
4Bulgaria10325912-311
5Azerbaijan10136718-116
6Malta10028316-132

I

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Portugal8701115621
2Albania8422105514
3Denmark833285312
4Serbia8215813-54
5Armenia8026514-92
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