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"

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."

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