Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill turns down Scotlandby Jack Kitson / 22 January 2018, 13:44Tweet
Michael O’Neill will continue on as Northern Ireland manager after turning down the opportunity to manage the country of his current residence: Scotland.
Last week news broke that O’Neill was locked in talks with the Scottish FA, with the Northern Ireland boss subsequently installed as the scorching odds-on favourite in the Next Scotland Manager Market.
However, in a surprise twist O’Neill has today (Monday) released a statement confirming he will not be trading Home Nations jobs.
"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'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."
Northern Ireland will no doubt be loving O’Neill’s decision, and he’s now likely to sign a new contract with The Green And White Army, although nothing has been confirmed.
For Scotland it’s back to square one in their search for a new manager, with Alex McLeish now the frontrunner for the post, followed by the likes of Derek McInnes, Malky Mackay, and Alan Stubbs.
Scotland are next in action against Costa Rica on 23 March, by when they will hope to have finally found a replacement for Gordon Strachan.