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O’Neill on radar of two SPL sides

By Steven Beacom

The Irish FA could face a battle with TWO SPL clubs for the services of Shamrock Rovers boss Michael O'Neill if, as expected, they don't renew Nigel Worthington's contract as Northern Ireland manager.



O'Neill is considered one of the front runners for the post, but it's not only at Windsor Avenue where he has admirers.

Hibs and Dundee United, clubs where he once played, are keeping a close eye on O'Neill having been impressed by his success at Shamrock Rovers.

Hibs are bottom of the SPL table with boss Colin Calderwood under severe pressure while Dundee United fans are growing frustrated with manager Peter Houston.

Since taking charge of Rovers in 2008, O'Neill has led the Dublin outfit to a League of Ireland title and history making exploits in Europe.

Incredibly this season ex-Glentoran ace O'Neill guided Rovers into the group stages of the Europa League, which will finish with a lucrative home tie against Spurs on December 15. That would be perfect timing for the IFA.

O'Neill is assisted at Rovers by Jim Magilton, also in the running to replace Worthington. They could even come as a pair.

Then there is the other O'Neill, Martin. IFA chiefs will surely call him to ascertain if he has any interest in the post.

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