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O'Neill deal heads in One Direction... as we told you


Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill

Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill

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Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill

After 1,500 extra tickets for Northern Ireland's Euro qualifier at home to Greece were sold out within three minutes, in a media briefing the Press Association's Rory Dollard likened the team's popularity to that of One Direction, much to the amusement of Michael O'Neill.

No harm to the 1D boys, who have been in Belfast all week causing quite a stir, but come next year's Euro finals, O'Neill and his Northern Ireland team will be at a different level of affection with the country coming to a standstill when they play in France.

And long in advance of that O'Neill (pictured) will have been handed a new four year contract to stay on as boss, as I revealed in this newspaper earlier this month.

Talks on the deal will take place soon with O'Neill and the IFA, who have a good relationship, content that an agreement will be reached.

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