Are Everton about to suffer disappointment in Martin O’Neill pursuit?

General view inside the stadium prior to the Premier League match between Everton and Arsenal at Goodison Park on October 22, 2017 in Liverpool, England.

Everton are reportedly interested in Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill.

Republic of Ireland's manager Martin O'Neil gestures on the touchline during the FIFA World Cup 2018 qualifying football match, second leg, between Republic of Ireland and Denmark at Aviva...

According to The Irish Independent, the FAI are confident that Martin O'Neill will not step down from his role as the Republic of Ireland national football team and take the managerial role at Everton.

The Mirror recently claimed that O’Neill is on the radar of Everton, who are on the hunt for a new permanent manager as a successor to Ronald Koeman.

The 65-year-old is in charge of the Republic of Ireland at the moment, having been placed in the role back in 2013.

Irlands's national football team manager Martin O'Neill attends a press conference at the Telia Parken Stadion in Copenhagen on November 10, 2017, the day before the World Cup...

“O'Neill had discussions with FAI officials last Friday and the Abbotstown authorities clearly believe that the verbal agreement that was reached in early October is binding," states the report in The Irish Independent.

The Irish Independent has also quoted the FAI's honorary treasurer Eddie Murray as saying that he expects O’Neill to remain in charge of the Republic of Ireland for the Euro 2020 campaign.

Martin O’Neill, Manager of The Republic of Ireland looks on during the FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier Play-Off: First Leg between Denmark and Republic of Ireland at Telia Parken on November...

"The contract is agreed and it is just a question of signing it,” The Irish Independent quotes Murray as saying. “As of now, there is no reason to believe that he won’t. As far as I am concerned we have an agreement with him and we expect him to sign.”

It seems that O’Neill, who has managed Celtic, Aston Villa and Sunderland among other clubs in his managerial career so far, is set to commit his future to the Republic of Ireland team, and this means that Everton will have to look at other candidates.

According to The Daily Mail, Everton are looking at Sam Allardyce and Paulo Fonseca, who is in charge of Shakhtar Donetsk at the moment.

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