Scottish FA agrees to pay Michael O'Neill release fee

Ceria Alfonso
Enero 14, 2018

Aaron Hughes insists Michael O'Neill has unfinished business with Northern Ireland who will do all in their power to fend off the bid by Scotland to make him their new national manager.

O'Neill has been the Scottish FA's first choice to succeed Gordon Strachan since October but the Irish FA came up with a counter offer of a bumper six-year contract worth up to £700,000 per year.

The contract will nearly certainly include a bonus for ending Scotland's major finals wait, which stretches back to 1998. After a lengthy period of legal checks and further due diligence by the SFA, agreement has been reached between the associations.

He turned down the Sunderland job before Chris Coleman's appointment on Wearside and West Brom also agreed to pay his release clause before opting for a manager with Premier League experience in Alan Pardew.

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Regan will need to convince the former Hibernian and Dundee United star that masterminding a Scotland revival will give a major bounce to his managerial career.

O'Neill previously bossed Brechin City and Shamrock Rovers and guided Northern Ireland to the Euro 2016 finals. There is, however, a lingering sense that O'Neill may have taken Northern Ireland as far as he can; with the possibility of leading different, low-ranked nations to major tournaments inevitably a consideration in terms of reputation.

Edinburgh-based O'Neill guided Northern Ireland to the Euro 2016 finals and only missed out on qualification for the World Cup Finals in Russian Federation following a controversial penalty decision which gave Switzerland the edge in a tense play-off over two legs.

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