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Michael O’Neill has actually permanently left his role as Northern Ireland manager after eight years in charge.
O’Neill was set to lead Northern Ireland into March’s delayed Euros qualifier with Bosnia-Herzegovina.
Nevertheless with Uefa proposing to reschedule the video game in the autumn, the 50- year-old will now exclusively concentrate on his task as Stoke City supervisor.
” I feel it is just fair that now is the right time for me to step aside,” stated O’Neill.
O’Neill was appointed Northern Ireland supervisor in December 2011 and assisted his nation to the Euro 2016 finals in France.
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His success in the international set-up provided an opportunity at club level with Champion side Stoke in November. Nevertheless, O’Neill was set to see the existing qualification project through to its conclusion before the break out of the coronavirus pandemic.
It seems likely Uefa will reschedule the play-off matches, which will choose the last 4 locations at next year’s rescheduled European Champion, after the very first Nations League matches in September.
” It was essential to leave the association and team in the greatest possible shape in order to not only have the very best chance of qualifying for Euro 2021, but allow the brand-new supervisor time to build on the success that we have had throughout my eight-year tenure,” stated O’Neill, who added that he “would have loved” to help NI receive another significant competition.
” Throughout my time here, I have been lucky to have worked with lots of great training, medical and support staff who have all contributed to our successes and shared in some terrific moments.
” When it comes to my gamers, previous and present, I would like to thank them all for an overwhelming level of dedication and professionalism that has helped to deliver so numerous memorable highs and terrific experiences for us all.
” Finally, to the fans, thank you. It has been an honour and a huge opportunity to have had the opportunity to manage my nation and I will treasure my time as manager of Northern Ireland forever.
” The assistance you have actually provided myself and the group over the years has actually been exceptionally humbling.”
O’Neill also thanked the Irish FA for its support throughout his tenure, consisting of primary executive Patrick Nelson and president David Martin and his predecessor Jim Shaw.
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