The Irish Football Association has confirmed that talks to appoint Martin O’Neill and Roy Keane as the national side’s new managerial partnership are at an ‘advanced stage’, according to Sky Sport News.

O’Neill will take over as Head Coach, with ex-Republic of Ireland captain Roy Keane occupying a role as the much-travelled 61-year-old's assistant.

It is believed that the ‘dream team’ will be in place by Saturday, just six days before Latvia travel to the Aviva Stadium for an international friendly.

Keane’s relationship with the national team is fragile, after the 42-year-old clashed with the Irish FA and previous managers on a number of occasions during the dismantling of his international career.

However, the ex-Manchester United captain will be looking to draw a line under the fall out and apply his coaching skills in an effort to revitalise the national side.

The pair both had spells in charge at Sunderland in recent years, however Keane has been out of a job since leaving Ipswich Town at the start of 2011.

O’Neill enjoyed spells in charge at a number of clubs during his time in England and Scotland, which included winning the League Cup twice with Leicester City, reaching a UEFA Cup final with Celtic and just missing out on a third League Cup winners medal during his time at Aston Villa. 

In the aftermath of Ireland’s failure to qualify for the 2014 World Cup finals, Giovanni Trapattoni was sacked from his role as Head Coach and just under two months later, it seems a though a new chapter is about to open, as the latest managerial duo take their place in charge.

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