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Northern Ireland v Latvia: Michael O'Neill has the class to cope in Premier League says Jonny Evans

By Steven Beacom

Northern Ireland defender Jonny Evans believes his international boss Michael O'Neill could cope with the demands of managing in the Premier League.

The WBA ace is a good judge knowing what it takes to be a hit at that level having played under the great Sir Alex Ferguson, David Moyes and Louis van Gaal in his time at Manchester United.

Evans wants O'Neill to stay in charge of Northern Ireland after Euro 2016, but realises when next summer's finals are over the 46-year-old could become a target for teams in England's top flight.

O'Neill is set to be handed a new long term contract by the IFA, but that won't stop interested club owners making a move.

"What I like about Michael is he won't just settle for what's there, he'll try to improve. He's only with us for 10 days at a time and has improved us as a team, and as individuals," said Evans, ahead of tomorrow night's friendly at home to Latvia.

"If he got hold of a team on a regular basis he would no doubt improve them. I think he could manage in the Premier League.

"We'd all love to see him stay on with Northern Ireland though."

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