Northern Ireland boss Michael O'Neill rejects Scotland job offer

Northern Ireland boss Michael O'Neill says that he is 'honoured' to have been given the chance to manage Scotland, but turns down the offer to remain in his current job.

Michael O'Neill has rejected the chance to take on the vacant Scotland managerial job to instead remain in charge of Northern Ireland.

The 48-year-old quickly emerged as the Scottish Football Association's top target to replace Gordon Strachan, who was sacked in October following a disappointing World Cup 2018 qualifying campaign.

SFA chiefs made an official approach to their Irish counterparts last week after agreeing to pay a £500,000 compensation fee, but talks have now come to an end as O'Neill has decided to stay at the Windsor Park helm.

In a statement released on Monday afternoon, the ex-Shamrock Rovers boss said: "It's 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."

O'Neill, who is also understood to have turned down the Sunderland job in November, was in line to become Scotland's highest-paid manager.

Share this article now:
A general shot of a Premier League football ahead of the Premier League clash between Everton and West Ham United at Goodison Park on October 30, 2016
Read Next:
McFadden: 'Scotland must go and get O'Neill'
>

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Select and display your favourite team's news and scores in this panel

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Select and display your favourite team's news and scores in this panel

Subscribe to our Newsletter


Transfer Talk Daily
Match previews - twice weekly
Morning Briefing (7am UTC)
Ultra close-up image of Kevin De Bruyne [NOT FOR USE IN ARTICLES]Get the latest transfer news, match previews and news direct to your inbox!
Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
CManchester CityMan City3832421062779100
2Manchester UnitedMan Utd38256768284081
3Tottenham HotspurSpurs38238774363877
4Liverpool382112584384675
5Chelsea382171062382470
6Arsenal381961374512363
7Burnley381412123639-354
8Everton381310154458-1449
9Leicester CityLeicester381211155660-447
10Newcastle UnitedNewcastle38128183947-844
11Crystal Palace381111164555-1044
12Bournemouth381111164561-1644
13West Ham UnitedWest Ham381012164868-2042
14Watford38118194464-2041
15Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton38913163454-2040
16Huddersfield TownHuddersfield38910192858-3037
17Southampton38715163756-1936
RSwansea CitySwansea3889212856-2833
RStoke CityStoke38712193568-3333
RWest Bromwich AlbionWest Brom38613193156-2531

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Select and display your favourite team's news and scores in this panel
Login, I already have my ad-free pass
Log in to customise Sports Mole
Buy ad-free access (show me the options)
Buy monthly ad-free access for £1.20/month
Buy yearly ad-free access for £12 (2 months free)
Settings - Logout - Manage your account
Settings - Logout - Manage your account
LIVE SCORES VIDEPRINTER
expand