August 15, 2018, 21:40

Michael O’Neill turns down chance to manage Scotland

Michael O’Neill turns down chance to manage Scotland

Northern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill has decided against taking charge of the Scotland team.

O’Neill held talks with the Scottish Football Association last week about possibly taking over from Gordon Strachan – who left in October after Scotland failed to reach the World Cup finals.

However, O’Neill announced on Monday that he had decided to remain in his current post rather than mastermind Scotland’s bid for a place at Euro 2020.

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.”

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