Friday 15 December 2017

O'Neill plots long Rovers tenure

MICHAEL O'Neill has restated his commitment to Shamrock Rovers despite reports linking him with the vacant manager's job at Scottish Premier League side Hibernian.

Scottish bookmakers this week made O'Neill the favourite to take over from John Hughes at Easter Road, but former Hibs player O'Neill said he not only wants to see out his contract at Rovers but is also keen to sign a new deal with the Hoops.

"I came here on a three-year contract and I envisage I'll be here for three years and beyond to be honest," said O'Neill, as he prepares his side for Sunday's FAI Ford Cup semi-final with St Patrick's Athletic.

"I think we've made a lot of progress in the time we've been here and there's still a long way to go in terms of the progress I believe we can make as a club. I intend to be here to oversee that.

"When a job comes up in Scotland, the media try to get hold of me and get a comment, which they never get.

"I can't help what people link me to. That's not my job, that's the job of others. It doesn't concern me at all," added O'Neill, who will put the club's faltering league title bid aside for this week and focus on the Cup clash with Pats.

"You could put all sorts of spins and permutations on it but our only focus is Sunday's game," added O'Neill.

"We'll address the league when it comes. Everyone is saying about the league but it is played over 36 games, not 34 games.

"We'll look at the league after 36 games. We're in the semi of the cup so we'll look at that as an individual thing. We're not trading them off against each other."

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