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O’Neill silent on future

Martin O’Neill declined the opportunity to comment on his future as Republic of Ireland manager.

O’Neill and Roy Keane attended the Soccer Writers’ Association of Ireland banquet in Dublin tonight, having allegedly met with Stoke officials in recent days.

The duo did not pause to speak with the waiting media.

However, their appearance at the banquet suggests that they will honour their verbal contract with the FAI, and former Watford boss Quique Sánchez Flores is now the overwhelming favourite for the vacancy at the bet365 Stadium.

Cork City manager John Caulfield was named as the SSE Airtricity/Soccer Writers’ Association of Ireland Personality of the Year award winner at the awards, and Leesiders ‘keeper Mark McNulty picked up the Goalkeeper of the Year award.

Ronnie Nolan was presented with the Special Merit award.

The Republic of Ireland Under-16s and 18s teams that won an amazing historic double of European Championship victories in 1998 were also honoured on the night.

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