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‘Michael O’Neill has more chance of reaching Euro 2020 with Northern Ireland than Scotland’

Northern Ireland boss Michael O'Neill is one of the leading candidates for the Scotland job

Monday, November 13, 2017

Michael O’Neill has been told he has a better chance of reaching a major tournament with Northern Ireland than Scotland.

O’Neill guided Norn Iron to the last 16 in their first ever European Championship finals appearance in 2016 and they came agonisingly close to qualifying for the 2018 World Cup, with a narrow play-off defeat to Switzerland ending their dream.

The 48-year-old is now being tipped to end his six-year reign and is being heavily linked with the Scotland job following Gordon Strachan’s departure.

But former Norn Iron boss Lawrie Sanchez has questioned why O’Neill, who is based in Edinburgh, would take the Tartan Army job.

“He’s probably got more chance of qualifying with Northern Ireland than he has with Scotland,” Sanchez told talkSPORT.

“There might be more money in Scotland than there is Northern Ireland for managing the team but they [Northern Ireland] will probably have a great chance to get to the Euros next time because qualification is a little bit easier than the World Cup.

“He will be thinking who has the best chance: Scotland or Northern Ireland? At this moment in time, you have to say Northern Ireland.”

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