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Michael O'Neill in the frame to land Norwich job

By Graham Luney

The Irish Football Association are braced for an approach for Michael O'Neill from Norwich City after the club axed Alex Neil.

Neil was sacked yesterday after just over two years in charge at the Championship club and Northern Ireland boss O'Neill is among the leading contenders to land the job.

If O'Neill does secure the post he will be reunited with striker Kyle Lafferty, who has been starved of regular first-team action, while goalkeeper Michael McGovern also faces a fight for a starting role.

The former Shamrock Rovers boss was sounded out for the Leicester City job but the Canaries vacancy may also appeal to him. Neil helped City earn promotion to the Premier League but they suffered relegation last season and have failed to win in five games under the former Hamilton boss, leaving them nine points outside the top six.

With Northern Ireland preparing for a vital World Cup qualifier against Norway at Windsor Park on March 26, the Irish FA would hate to lose O'Neill who says he isn't actively looking for a club job.

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