Northern Ireland boss Michael O’Neill turns down Scotland job

Michael O’Neill is set to continue as manager of Northern Ireland after turning down the Scotland job, it is understood.

The 48-year-old was believed to be close to taking over as Scotland boss following talks last week with the Scottish Football Association.

Northern Ireland boss Michael O’Neill turns down Scotland job

The SFA had agreed to meet a £500,000 (€568,000) compensation payment to the Irish FA in order to secure the services of O’Neill, who had described talks between the parties as "productive".

However, after a period of deliberation, O’Neill, who lives in Edinburgh, has decided against taking the post to succeed Gordon Strachan, and will instead remain in charge of Northern Ireland following their failed World Cup qualification campaign.

The former Dundee United and Hibernian midfielder has two years left to run on his current deal with the IFA, but has already been offered an extended contract until 2020.

- PA

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