Saturday 25 March 2017

Hull City chiefs planning raid for Irish boss Martin O’Neill – report

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill speaking during a press conference at the Stadion FK Crvena Zvezda, Belgrade, Serbia. Photo by David Maher/Sportsfile
Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill speaking during a press conference at the Stadion FK Crvena Zvezda, Belgrade, Serbia. Photo by David Maher/Sportsfile
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

The FAI could be punished for not nailing down Martin O’Neill’s new contract after reports this morning that Hull City are interested in the Derryman’s services.

The Irish Sun is reporting this morning that O’Neill is on Hull’s shortlist as they search for a new manager after the summer departure of Steve Bruce.

O’Neill, his assistant boss Roy Keane and their coaching staff have agreed to new contracts but have yet to sign on the dotted line.

The Tigers have enjoyed a good start to the season under interim boss Mike Phelan, capturing six points from a possible nine in their opening three games, but with a Chinese consortium reportedly eyeing a takeover bid, it is believed that they may want a more high profile manager at the helm.

O’Neill was non-committal when asked if he would turn down an offer from a Premier League club should it emerge.

“I don’t see why not. I’ve enjoyed this immensely,” he said.

“The qualification group was tough and the games were gruelling and to get to France and experience all that there was amazing.

“Who knows what might happen in the future?

“But I really do genuinely enjoy it.”

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