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Martin O'Neill Shuns Media As He Attends SWAI Awards In Dublin Tonight

Martin O'Neill Shuns Media As He Attends SWAI Awards In Dublin Tonight

The Soccer Writers' Association of Ireland are tonight holding their awards show for 2017. The guest of honour? Martin O'Neill, of course.

After a few days in which the Republic of Ireland manager has chosen not to refute allegations that he was set to join Stoke City, he is clearly in no mood to talk to the gathered journalists tonight.

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News of O'Neill and Roy Keane's decision to join tonight's festivities was late coming.

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Yet, while it would appear that O'Neill (and by extension, Keane) have been overlooked for the Stoke City job in favour of Quique Sánchez Flores, there was an unquestionable desire amongst the gathered journalists that the Irish manager may share a word or two about what was going on.

Feeding into an arguement Eamon Dunphy made regarding the "disrespectful" attitude O'Neill and the FAI has shown toward Irish football fans, certain figures are hardly surprised that O'Neill decided to remain quiet this evening.

Where O'Neill and Ireland go from here remains to be seen. While many will suggest that in showing such contempt for the role he has made his position untenable, it remains that he has a contract there should he wish to sign it.

With no competitive fixtures ahead for the foreseeable future, this is a story that is likely to run and run.

See Also: O'Neill's Dublin Trip Appears To Confirm He's Staying On, But At What Price?

Arthur James O'Dea

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