Friday 20 July 2018

Michael O'Neill to turn down Scotland job offer and remain with Northern Ireland

Michael O'Neill
Michael O'Neill

Press Association

Michael O'Neill is to continue as Northern Ireland manager, turning down the opportunity to take over Scotland.

The 48-year-old was believed to be close to taking over as Scotland boss following talks last week with the Scottish Football Association.

The SFA had agreed to meet a £500,000 compensation payment to the Irish FA in order to secure the services of O'Neill, who had described talks between the parties as "productive".

However, after a period of deliberation, O'Neill, who lives in Edinburgh, has decided against taking the post to succeed Gordon Strachan, and will instead remain in charge of Northern Ireland following their failed World Cup qualification campaign.

The former Dundee United and Hibernian midfielder has two years left to run on his current deal with the IFA, but has already been offered an extended contract until 2020.

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