Michael O'Neill turns down job as Scotland Manager

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BY David Hunter

 Northern Ireland boss Michael O'Neill has turned down the opportunity to take over at Scotland.

The 48 year-old had been the Scottish FA's preferred candidate to replace Gordon Strachen in the role. 

Last week they agreed terms with Northern Ireland's governing body to hold talks with O'Neill. 

Today he thanked the associations for their professionalism in handling the situation. 

O'Neill said " I do not feel that this is the right opportunity for me at this moment in my career."

He led Northern Ireland to a highly successful campaign at Euro2016, where the team reached the last 16. 

They also reached the World Cup play-offs in 2017.

Michael O'Neill has been offered an extended contract by the Irish Football Association which could keep him in post until 2024.

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