Michael O'Neill: Northern Ireland boss excited by future

O'Neill pleased by new N Ireland deal

Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill believes his team can look forward to an exciting future.

The IFA confirmed on Tuesday that O'Neill has agreed an extension to his contract, leaving him in charge for the Euro 2016 qualifying campaign.

"I think there has been a major transition in the team," said O'Neill.

"It's a very young squad, but a squad which has developed during the last campaign with several young players of quality emerging."

O'Neill's initial appointment as successor to Nigel Worthington was confirmed in December 2011 and he took charge of the senior side in February 2012.

Northern Ireland have won one and drawn six of his 14 games in charge, finishing fifth in their World Cup qualifying group with seven points from their 10 games.

"When I was appointed Northern Ireland manager I was honoured to have been chosen to manage my country and I am extremely happy to have agreed a new two-year deal with the Irish Football Association," added O'Neill.

"I'm looking forward to taking the team into the Euro qualifiers."

IFA president Jim Shaw is pleased to have secured O'Neill's services for the European Championship qualifiers.

"I am delighted that Michael has agreed a two-year extension to his contract," said Shaw.

"I have no doubt that he will be able to build on the work he has already done and will take us forward in the Euro 2016 campaign.

"Michael is a true professional who has passion and pride - something which he showed as a player for his country and now as a manager and I believe he is the right man for the job of Northern Ireland manager."