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Michael O'Neill rated at 50:50 to leave Northern Ireland, say Scottish FA

 

By Graham Luney

The Scottish FA rate their chances of landing Michael O'Neill as only 50-50, and their assessment of yesterday's talks has offered further encouragement to the IFA.

Sources close to the talks have referred to a 'productive' meeting, but the Irish FA remain confident O'Neill will stay as Northern Ireland manager and not take the Scotland job.

The 48-year-old will make the biggest decision of his career in the next few days and, while neither the IFA or SFA have given O'Neill a deadline, both would prefer him to make a decision before the Uefa Nations League draw next Wednesday.

The IFA believe O'Neill will stay with them and agree to a new six-year contract, taking him through to 2024, and worth over £4 million.

Within that deal is the opportunity for O'Neill to have a major say on how youth football will be developed here.

FULL STORY: Michael O'Neill impresses in talks but Scottish FA rate chances of stealing Northern Ireland boss as 50:50

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