22/01/2018

Michael O'Neill Turns Down Scotland Job

Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill has turned down a chance to take charge of the Scotland team.

He held discussions with the Scottish Football Association about taking over from Gordon Strachan, however he announced on Monday, 22 January, that he would remain in his current post.
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He said: "Having given the matter a great deal of thought and consideration, I have decided not to take up the opportunity to become the next Scotland national team manager.

"It is a huge honour to be offered the position. However, I do not feel that this is the right opportunity for me at this moment in my career.

"I would like to place on record my gratitude to the SFA for the very professional manner in which they conducted negotiations and I would also like to wish them every success for the future."

The Irish Football Association (IFA) have offered him a contract which will run until 2024.

(CD)

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