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Confirmed: Michael O'Neill signs bumper six-year package to remain as Northern Ireland manager

By Gareth Hanna

Michael O'Neill has put pen to paper on a new six-year contract with the Irish FA.

The Northern Ireland manager's new deal is set to be announced at a press conference at the National Stadium at Windsor Park at 12.30pm on Friday.

It is believed the contract is worth £750,000 per year, a record for any Northern Ireland manager, and will see O'Neill remain in the role until 2024.

As part of his new contract, O'Neill will take up the role of Chief Football Officer and will have overall responsibility for the development of the game in Northern Ireland and the Irish FA's elite performance pathway.

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There had been fears that O'Neill would jump ship when an offer came in from the Scottish FA, who eventually agreed to meet their IFA counterparts' £500,000 compensation fee and made an offer to the boss.

That was rejected last month but the rubber-stamping of O'Neill's new contract in Belfast will ease any lingering fears that the highly-successful manager could soon be lured away from his current job.

O'Neill took over the reigns at Northern Ireland in 2011 and led the team to the Euro 2016 finals. His side were denied a spot in this summer's World Cup finals only by a contentious penalty in the play-off defeat to Switzerland.

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