Michael O'Neill reaction: 'Money talks' says ex Scotland international while Northern Ireland fans celebrate decision
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.
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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.
Well done Michael O'Neill for seeing sense. Why leave Northern Ireland for Scotland? He has done all the hard work making us a force in football & can build on it #GAWA— David Patterson (@DPatz13) January 22, 2018
BBC reporter provided a live video of O'Neill's own reaction to his decision*
Meanwhile, Newtownards-based NI fan Andrew Tully revealed his own aspirations.
When I grow up I want to be Michael O’Neill. What a man. #GAWA— Andrew Tully (@AG_Tully) January 22, 2018
The news was greeted with joy from afar, according to Willie Ewing.
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