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Michael O’Neill’s feats with Northern Eire have not gone unnoticed.
The Scottish Soccer Affiliation is making an attempt to tempt the 48-year-old to its unmanned nationwide crew helm, and the Guardian’s Andy Hunter understands O’Neill’s pay packet will double if he decides to take the job.
The Portadown native guided Norn Iron to the brink of World Cup qualification, lacking out on the finals because of a dodgy penalty name in Switzerland‘s favour throughout the opening leg. Northern Eire completed above the Czech Republic and Norway in Group C to achieve that stage.
That was after O’Neill rewrote the historical past books at Euro 2016. That competitors was the primary main event look for Northern Eire because the 1986 World Cup, and it ended with a commendable end within the final 16 because of a 2-Zero defeat of Ukraine within the group levels.
Whereas he will not have to beat a drought of Northern Eire proportions if he assumes the Scotland helm, the nation’s soccer setup is in want of a carry. The unsuccessful marketing campaign for World Cup qualification was rife with odd and unadventurous crew picks, and culminated within the ousted Gordon Strachan blaming the genetic make-up of Scottish individuals for his failings.
“Genetically we’re behind. Within the final marketing campaign we have been the second smallest, other than Spain,” he mentioned after the 2-2 attract Slovenia, citing probably the most profitable worldwide sides of the previous decade to underpin his argument.
Scotland hasn’t appeared at a serious event since 1998, when it fell in a bunch that includes Brazil, Norway, and Morocco at that 12 months’s World Cup. Nonetheless, there are inexperienced shoots of a recent and proficient era rising, that includes Kieran Tierney, Andy Robertson, and Jason Cummings.