Tuesday 26 September 2017

O'Neill set to pen £2m Northern Ireland deal

Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill has been offered a new four-year deal Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach / SPORTSFILE
Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill has been offered a new four-year deal Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach / SPORTSFILE
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Michael O'Neill is to be given a new £2m four-year contract as a reward for guiding Northern Ireland to the Euro 2016 finals.

The contract is currently in the hands of the respective legal teams, with an announcement from the IFA expected in the near future. The new contract will include a key compensation clause.

O'Neill, who is being paid £275,000-per-year under his current terms of employment, has been linked with Celtic, where manager Ronny Deila is under severe pressure to keep hold of his job.

It is understood that if a club comes in for O'Neill, the IFA would be able to seek compensation for the next 18 months of his new deal which amounts to £750,000.

The ex-Shamrock Rovers' manager's new deal will be more than 10 times the £45,000 per year that Billy Bingham was reputed to be earning at the end of his second spell as Northern Ireland boss, yet it will be only a £25,000 increase on the £475,000 per year his predecessor Nigel Worthington finished with in 2011.

By contrast, his southern counterpart Martin O'Neill earns a figure believed to be in the region of €1m (£750,000) per year with his assistant Roy Keane pocketing €325,000 (£250,000).

Meanwhile, electioneering for the FIFA presidency reached fever pitch last night after Gianni Infantino claimed more than half of Africa's 54 voters would rebel against their own confederation and support him.

Infantino made the bold assertion during a visit to Robben Island along with rival candidate Tokyo Sexwale, declaring: "I will have a majority of the African votes."

If true, that could hand the UEFA general secretary a surprise victory in the race to succeed Sepp Blatter as he already boasts public support from Europe and South and Central America.

Irish Independent

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