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O'Neill quiet on future plans

Michael O'Neill will wait until after his last match in charge of Shamrock Rovers on Thursday before announcing where he hopes to manage next.

After weeks of speculation, Rovers confirmed on Wednesday that O'Neill's three-year spell at the Dublin club will end following their Europa League Group A clash against Tottenham at Tallaght Stadium.

The 42-year-old has been a resounding success since joining from Brechin City, winning back to back League of Ireland titles and lifting the Setanta Sports Cup.

The Northern Irishman's greatest achievement at the club has been making them the first League of Ireland side ever to qualify for the group stages of a European competition.

Because of that, the former Newcastle midfielder has been strongly linked with the vacant Northern Ireland manager's position.

O'Neill, who played 33 times for Northern Ireland, has been reportedly offered an interview for the post, but he gave little away about his future, saying: "I'm looking forward to the game [on Thursday]. That's all I'm focusing on. As for all the other questions about my own future, there is time to deal with that after the game."

O'Neill was thought to be interested in the Hibernian job, but that post was filled by Pat Fenlon, and he has also been linked with Hartlepool.

The Hoops' debut season in the Europa League has been poor, with the Irish team failing to pick up a point in their opening five matches, but their manager is hoping to end his time in Dublin on a positive note, even though they are massive underdogs against a Tottenham squad blessed with international talent.

"I hope I can go out on a high," he said. "We are looking for our first point in the competition. The players have been fantastic here and I hope what I have achieved will be seen as a success.

"It would be fantastic for our supporters if we could take something out of the game [on Thursday] night and round it off in a nice fashion."

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