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Northern Ireland boss Michael O'Neill explains why he's in no rush to manage in the Premier League

Northern Ireland boss Michael O'Neill has again underlined his reservations about going for a job in the Premier League.

O'Neill guided his country to the Euro 2016 finals and NI have all but secured their spot in the World Cup play-offs. So impressive is the job he has done, O'Neill is consistently linked to high-profile club jobs. But managing in the top division in England isn't necessarily the be-all and end-all for the 48 year-old.

"I look at the Premier League and you are not really managing a club, you are just there to try to get results," he told BBC 5 Live.

"The direction a club goes in now, I'm not sure the manager has that much infleunce over that. Sir Alex (Ferguson) has gone, Arsene Wenger still does that but the rest of the managers are in there to keep their club in the Premier League or to aspire to do something at the top end of the league.

"That's purely their focus. They don't have time or the energy to think of what direction the club goes in. That's where management has changed. It's changed dramatically as regards the Premier League. There are times I think would I want to be in that environment? Yeah, of course you see they're all big games now and as a manager you loves those types of atmospheres but equally, you look at the situation at Crystal Palace, where the manager was effectively sacked after three games.

"It's a very difficult scenario. Things can go against you in two or three games that aren't necessarily down to how you've prepared the team. Sometimes things just go against you and ultimately it can cost you your job.

"It's one thing I like about international football, you do get more time to build something and develop something. It can be very difficult if you've got limited resource but the IFA are testiment that they gave me another two years and we've reaped the benefit of that after a difficult first campaign."

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