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Michael O'Neill reaction: 'Money talks' says ex Scotland international while Northern Ireland fans celebrate decision

Michael O'Neill is staying as Northern Ireland manager
Michael O'Neill is staying as Northern Ireland manager
Gareth Hanna

By Gareth Hanna

Former Scotland international Gordon McQueen says that Michael O'Neill has turned down Scotland for financial reasons.

The ex Leeds and Manchester United star, who played for Scotland between 1974 and 1981, told Sky Sports News that 'money talks.'

"I'm surprised he's turned it down because it's still a very good job," he said. "It's obviously money; money talks. It's all about money nowadays and Michael O'Neill hasn't taken the Scottish job because of that. Plenty of people will be willing to take his place, that's for sure."

O'Neill announced after 1pm on Monday that he had turned down Scotland's approach, opting to remain as Northern Ireland manager.

And former Northern Ireland hero Gerry Armstrong welcomed the decision.

"I was worried that he was going to go," he told SSN. "Scotland has a more extensive squad. I thought there was a good chance he was going to take it. If it had been a Pfremier League club, I could have understood but to leave Northern Ireland for another nation was another kettle of fish. It would have been a sideways move for him and I'm really pleased he has turned it down."


Northern Ireland fans understandably have reacted with delight at the decision of the man who shepherded the country to qualification for Euro 2016 and within a whisker of the World Cup finals.

BBC reporter provided a live video of O'Neill's own reaction to his decision*

*Not true

Meanwhile, Newtownards-based NI fan Andrew Tully revealed his own aspirations.

The news was greeted with joy from afar, according to Willie Ewing.

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