Sunday 18 February 2018

O'Neill plays down talk of exit

Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

MICHAEL O'NEILL has said that he has no intention of throwing his name in the hat for other jobs while his contract situation at Shamrock Rovers remains unresolved.

The back-to-back league-winning manager again stressed that he wants to stay with the Hoops as he ruled out speculation linking him with the vacant Northern Ireland manager's post.

Some bookmakers last week suspended bets on O'Neill replacing Nigel Worthington after a number of wagers were placed. However, both O'Neill and Rovers officials expect him to be in charge at Tallaght next season.

Speaking on RTE last night, the 42-year-old said: "I'm not really looking to go elsewhere. I'm not applying for jobs elsewhere despite what some people have been reporting.

"The progress at Rovers has been great, but there's still so much more that can be done with the club."

"Hopefully over the next few weeks, we can find a resolution to the contract situation."

O'Neill's assistant Jim Magilton is a strong contender for the Northern post, with Iain Dowie also in the reckoning.

Irish Independent

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