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For Michael O’Neill the logical career choice is Scotland but will he take it? | Ewan Murray

The Northern Ireland manager is due to hold talks over the Scotland job and must choose whether to leave behind his home nation for less lucrative terms but apparent advantagesOnly those fortunate enough to have encountered the scenario will understand…

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Scottish FA to open talks with Michael O’Neill over vacant manager’s job

• Northern Ireland FA granted permission for talks after weeks of deadlock• SFA expected to offer O’Neill four-year contract with lucrative bonusesThe Scottish FA will open talks with its prime managerial target Michael O’Neill after being granted perm…

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Where it went wrong for the teams who missed out on the World Cup

Fans from 21 countries explain why they will be staying at home next summer. Holland were unlucky, Italy were mismanaged and Mongolia were a disasterFive points out of a possible 18 from our games against Belgium, Greece and Cyprus proved fatal. Greece…

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Scotland make approach for Northern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill

• Scottish FA wants O’Neill to succeed Gordon Strachan• Northern Ireland lost in World Cup play-off to SwitzerlandThe Scottish Football Association has made an official approach for Northern Ireland’s manager, Michael O’Neill.O’Neill has emerged as the…

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Scotland ready to make Michael O’Neill a double-your-money offer

• Northern Ireland manager in line for £1m a year contract• O’Neill also linked with Rangers, Sunderland and US clubsNorthern Ireland’s remarkable era under Michael O’Neill could be nearing its end, with Scotland preparing to tempt the manager with a d…

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Scotland ready to make Michael O’Neill a double-your-money offer

• Northern Ireland manager in line for £1m a year contract• O’Neill also linked with Rangers, Sunderland and US clubsNorthern Ireland’s remarkable era under Michael O’Neill could be nearing its end, with Scotland preparing to tempt the manager with a d…

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Northern Ireland’s Michael O’Neill laments cruelty of first-leg penalty

• Referee’s decision ‘means we are missing chance to go to World Cup’• Manager deflects questions about his international futureMichael O’Neill condemned the “cruelty” of Northern Ireland’s World Cup play-off defeat by Switzerland after they were ultim…

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Michael O’Neill devastated after Northern Ireland fail to reach World Cup – video

Northern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill says he is devastated after the 0-0 draw against Switzerland on Sunday confirmed his side will not be at the World Cup next year. O’Neill points out that the only goal of the tie was the controversial penalty in…

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Northern Ireland World Cup dream over after goalless draw in Switzerland

Northern Ireland have failed to qualify for the World Cup after they drew the second leg of their play-off with Switzerland 0-0, resulting in a 1-0 aggregate loss.Michael O’Neill’s team were left feeling they had been robbed of a World Cup place by Thu…

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Switzerland v Northern Ireland: World Cup play-off second leg – live!

Latest action from the 5pm kick-off in BaselFirst leg report: Northern Ireland 0-1 SwitzerlandFeel free to email Jacob | Or Tweet: @JacobSteinberg 4.34pm GMT “Northern Ireland have just as much right as Senegal did to ask FIFA for their game to be repl…

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Switzerland v Northern Ireland: World Cup play-off second leg – live!

Latest action from the 5pm kick-off in BaselFirst leg report: Northern Ireland 0-1 SwitzerlandFeel free to email Jacob | Or Tweet: @JacobSteinberg 4.34pm GMT “Northern Ireland have just as much right as Senegal did to ask FIFA for their game to be repl…

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Switzerland’s Granit Xhaka tells Northern Ireland to get over penalty

• Arsenal midfielder feels the best team won in Belfast World Cup play-off• Michael O’Neill admits his focus is on preparing for second leg in BaselGranit Xhaka has told Northern Ireland to stop moaning about the controversial penalty that handed Switz…

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Northern Ireland’s Aaron Hughes: ‘In my head I’m not 38, I’m still young’

Northern Ireland defender set to overhaul Bobby Moore’s caps tally in World Cup play-off has seized his second chance under Michael O’NeillBashfulness displayed by Aaron Hughes when a place in the international football record books is mentioned has a …

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Corry Evans apologises for wife’s racist rant at Romanian referee

• Northern Ireland midfielder was booked by referee against Switzerland• ‘On behalf of my wife, I would like to apologise unreservedly’Corry Evans has issued an unreserved apology for his wife’s racist rant at Ovidiu Hategan after the Romanian referee …

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Northern Ireland’s sense of injustice can fuel fightback, says Jonny Evans

• ‘We’ve got a big chance to turn it round,’ says defender of World Cup play-off• Team go to Switzerland trailing 1-0 after ‘staggering’ penalty decisionNorthern Ireland head to Switzerland with a raw sense of injustice that Jonny Evans believes can fu…

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Northern Ireland’s Michael O’Neill says penalty decision was ‘staggering’ – video

The Northern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill says the decision to award a penalty to Switzerland in the World Cup play-off first leg was ‘staggering’. Ricardo Rodríguez subsequently converted the spot-kick to seal a 1-0 win for the Swiss in Belfast. Th…

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Angry Michael O’Neill says penalty was worst decision he has ever seen

• Northern Ireland manager says penalty decision was staggering• O’Neil believes Fabian Schär should have been sent offMichael O’Neill described the penalty that condemned Northern Ireland to defeat against Switzerland as the worst decision he has seen…

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Northern Ireland’s Steven Davis brings up ton but finds it tough | Ewan Murray

Saints midfielder leads by example and will need more of the same in Basel after Switzerland’s Denis Zakaria and Granit Xhaka controlled proceedingsThere should be no sense of Steven Davis not being appropriately recognised by supporters of Northern Ir…

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Controversial Switzerland penalty puts Northern Ireland behind in play-off

The road to Russia for Northern Ireland has been pot-holed by a potentially fatal blunder. “Dare to Dream” is their World Cup slogan but Michael O’Neill will have nightmares over the penalty that gifted Switzerland a crucial win and away goal in the fi…

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Northern Ireland v Switzerland: World Cup play-off first leg – live!

World Cup 2018 play-off updates from first leg at Windsor ParkThe Recap: sign up now and get our email every FridayAnd you can email Jacob or tweet him @JacobSteinberg 3.17pm GMT Hello. You might find internationals dull, but you can’t argue that North…