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O'Neill rules out taking Northern Ireland job with Magilton

The departing Shamrock Rovers boss says he only wants to be considered as a single candidate.

O'Neill's Shamrock Rovers side were beaten 4-0 last night in his final game as manager of the club.
O'Neill's Shamrock Rovers side were beaten 4-0 last night in his final game as manager of the club.

MICHAEL O’NEILL HAS moved to dismiss speculation that he will run a joint candidacy for the Northern Ireland job with Jim Magilton.

O’Neill, whose departure from Shamrock Rovers was confirmed earlier this week, said he will not consider running with the ex-Ipswich boss.

Speaking to reporters in the aftermath of his side’s defeat against Tottenham, he said:

“I don’t think it would work like that to be honest. It’s not the right way to go about it.

“Jim has been interviewed for the job, I will be interviewed for the job. The IFA (Irish Football Association) may give it to someone else – that’s the reality of the situation.”

However, O’Neill did suggest that he would consider making Magilton part of his coaching staff – as he did at Shamrock Rovers where Magilton served as assistant boss during O’Neill’s tenure.

The pair have both been shortlisted for the job, along with ex-Crystal Palace manager Iain Dowie.

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