Belfast Telegraph

Tannadice? No way, I'm for France, says Northern Ireland boss Michael O'Neill

By Steven Beacom

Michael O'Neill has insisted he is only interested in leading Northern Ireland to the Euro 2016 finals in France and NOT taking charge of his old club Dundee United.

Following the sacking of Jackie McNamara, O'Neill has been linked with the vacant manager's job at Tannadice, where he played for four years earlier in his career.

But Northern Ireland supporters can breathe easy... the 46-year-old has no intention of walking away from the international job with the nation on the verge of qualifying for the Euro 2016 finals.

"My name has been linked with a few jobs in the Scottish Premiership and in England, but my only focus is Northern Ireland," said O'Neill, who yesterday announced his squad for next month's Euro qualifiers against Greece and Finland.

"We are close to achieving something really special and qualifying for a major tournament and I'm looking forward to achieving that and hopefully taking Northern Ireland to the Euro finals in France. That's all I'm concerned about right now."

Back in July, O'Neill revealed in the Belfast Telegraph that he was 'open' to staying on as Northern Ireland boss and would welcome discussions with the IFA. Those talks will take place after the Euro qualifiers end with the IFA set to offer O'Neill a new deal worth more than his present £250,000 per year contract.

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