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Michael O'Neill

Karl Sheppard hopes that Shamrock Rovers manager Michael O'Neill will agree a new contract soon, but says the boss is entitled to do things in his own time.

The former Northern Ireland player is still in the running for the vacant position as manager of his country, and has failed to reach agreement with the Hoops board regarding his future.

Discussion of O'Neill's contract has been a recurring theme throughout the campaign and it is unclear if his future will be resolved before the final Europa League game with Spurs on December 15. Realistically, the situation with the Hoops revolves around how quickly the Irish Football Association make a decision on their next boss.

Rovers striker Sheppard is desperate for O'Neill to stay at the club. The young striker has thrived under his tutelage and has developed from the experience of European football — even if he tasted group-stage defeat again on Wednesday night at the hands of Rubin Kazan.

“I think everyone wants him to stay on,” says Sheppard. “Look how far the club has come in three years. Everyone wants him to stay, but I don't think we're putting him under any pressure to get it signed soon. I'm sure he'll do it himself.”

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