Friday 23 August 2019

Stephen Robinson: Being linked with Northern Ireland job a massive honour

Michael O'Neill and Stephen Robinson, right, worked together with Northern Ireland
Michael O'Neill and Stephen Robinson, right, worked together with Northern Ireland

Motherwell boss Stephen Robinson admitted it would be a "massive honour" to manage Northern Ireland if Michael O'Neill leaves his role.

Press Association Sport understands that O'Neill has been approached by the Scottish Football Association to replace Gordon Strachan at Hampden Park, and Robinson would be a contender for the Northern Ireland job.

The Motherwell manager served as assistant to O'Neill until Euro 2016 and has since made a huge impression at Fir Park, guiding his side into the final of the Betfred Cup and up to fifth in the Ladbrokes Premiership.

Though Robinson insists he is happy at Well, the 42-year-old from Lisburn admitted the chance to manage his country would be as good as it gets.

"It's a massive honour for me (to be linked with the job)," he said ahead of his side's trip to Aberdeen. "To manage your country and even be linked with that is huge.

"I take great pride in being from Northern Ireland and being part of the set-up before was a massive part of things for me.

"It's great but as it stands at this moment in time, I'm the Motherwell manager, I'm very much enjoying it and Michael is the manager of Northern Ireland we must not forget.

"He hasn't made that decision yet so at the minute nothing changes and I'm very happy at Motherwell."

He added: "Everybody has an ambition, it's probably the top level of your management career to manage your country, it's huge.

"Whether it's at this time or further down the line for me, that remains to be seen.

"I reiterate, I'm really happy at Motherwell, the club has been fantastic to me and my focus is on that.

"Michael is the manager of Northern Ireland and for me I hope he remains there and I genuinely mean that because he's been a massive success and my kids would be devastated if he leaves!"

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