Michael O'Neill: Northern Ireland manager indicates he will remain in job

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Michael O'Neill hints at Northern Ireland stay

Northern Ireland boss Michael O'Neill hopes to take the team to Euro 2020 after revealing he has not spoken to any other national teams.

The Scottish FA was granted permission to talk with O'Neill, who has also been linked with the USA national job.

O'Neill is in discussions with the Irish FA over a contract extension which would run until 2024.

"I hope to get the team to another European Championship - it's not a job I'm going to leave easily," he said.

"There's been a lot of speculation but I've still two years left on my contract.

"People are always assuming that I'm going to make a decision to leave the position but I've never said that.

"I know the Scottish FA has indicated they would like to speak with me but there's been nothing more than that."

A graphic of Michael O'Neill's record in charge of Northern Ireland
O'Neill's overall record in charge of Northern Ireland

The 48-year-old, who has been in charge of Northern Ireland for six years, took the side to the Euro 2016 before missing out on World Cup qualification in the play-offs.

The Scottish FA has made O'Neill its number one target to replace Gordon Strachan as national team boss, while the United States job remains unfilled following Bruce Arena's exit after their failure to reach the World Cup.

However, O'Neill says his focus is solely on managing Northern Ireland and further talks with the IFA.

"After Christmas we can discuss things in more detail but at the minute I'm doing the thing I've done for the last six years and that's continuing my role as Northern Ireland manager," he said.

"This is a job which is very important to me - I've worked very hard at it."

Michael O'Neill fact-file
Born 5 July 1969
Began career with Coleraine in Irish League, before joining Newcastle United
Played as a midfielder and forward during a 20-year playing career
Among the clubs he played for were Dundee United, Hibernian, Coventry City, Wigan Athletic and St Johnstone
Made 31 appearances for Northern Ireland, scoring four goals
Was in charge of Brechin City and Shamrock Rovers before being appointed Northern Ireland boss in December 2011

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