Saturday 20 January 2018

Northern Ireland boss Michael 'O'Neill could be target of Premier clubs'

Michael O'Neill
Michael O'Neill

Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill should be a target for Premier League clubs if he leads his side to Euro 2016, says the country's former defender Gerry Taggart.

Victory against Greece tomorrow would seal Northern Ireland's place at their first major tournament since the 1986 World Cup and their first ever appearance at a European Championships.

Northern Ireland currently sit top of Group F, four points clear of third-placed Hungary and needing only two points from their last two games, the last away to Finland, to qualify.

It has been a remarkable campaign for the team and Taggart, who played 51 times for Northern Ireland, believes former Shamrock Rovers manager O'Neill could have a shot in the Premier League once his time with the national team is over.


"He has to take massive credit, it's absolutely huge what he's achieved so far," said Taggart.

"He doesn't get a lot of attention but the majority of these players have been playing for eight, nine years and somehow he's turned them around and got form from them. I don't see any reason why he can't get a job in the Premier League.

"It's happened to previous managers. Lawrie Sanchez did well for Northern Ireland and then picked up a Premier League job with Fulham.

"So there's no reason why Michael can't go on to bigger and better things too if he wants to dip his toe back into club football."

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