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Don raid for O'Neill

Former Northern Ireland star Michael O’Neill last night emerged as a strong candidate to take over at Scottish Premier League side Aberdeen.

And, ironically, his main rival for the job at Pittodrie could be Gordon Strachan, the man O’Neill claims had a major influence on hismanagerial career.

O’Neill, who has just led Shamrock Rovers to the League of Ireland title, has previously bossed in Scotland and has not ruled out a cross-channel return in the future.

“I want to manage at the highest level possible even if that means working outside Ireland,” he said recently.

Capped 33 times by Northern Ireland, O’Neill enjoyed a distinguished playing career with Newcastle United, Dundee United, Hibernian, Coventry City and Glentoran. He also played in the United States.

Dons chairman Stewart Milne has made clear there is no timescale for an appointment and, despite Strachan’s strong connections with a club he served as a player, O’Neill could yet be the man to replace Mark McGhee, who was sacked last Wednesday.

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