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Saturday 18 November 2017

'O'Neill must stay'

Michael O’Neill. Pic: PA
Michael O’Neill. Pic: PA

Oliver Norwood hopes Northern Ireland's valiant display in Switzerland will persuade manager Michael O'Neill to remain at the helm.

O'Neill will take time considering his future after his team came up just short in their World Cup play-off with the Swiss, when a dubious penalty decision in the first leg ended their hopes of reaching back-to-back major tournaments for the first time in the country's history.

The 48-year-old is unlikely to be short of suitors. The Edinburgh-based boss fits the bill for Scotland, while vacancies with Sunderland and the United States, where O'Neill spent part of his playing career, may also be alluring.

However, 26-year-old Norwood is banking on O'Neill being convinced that there is still more to come.

"Obviously, we all want Michael to stay. We hope that our performance on Sunday night (showed we) would want him to remain in charge," he said.

"The message is loud and clear from the players and fans that we would like Michael to stay as we can achieve great things with this squad."

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