SFA dealt blow as Michael O’Neill rejects Scotland job

Michael O'Neill

The Scottish FA were dealt a major blow today when Northern Ireland manager Michael O’Neil turned down the chance to manage Scotland.

The 48-year-old former Dundee United midfielder, who also had a spell managing Brechin, said it was a “huge honour” to have been offered the vacant position but said it was “not the right opportunity”for him.

O’Neill’s statement read: “Having given the matter a great deal of thought and consideration, I have decided not to take up the opportunity to become the next Scotland national team manager.

“It’s a huge honour to be offer the position, however I do not feel that this is the right opportunity for me at this moment in my career.

“I would like to place on record my gratitude to the SFA for the very professional manner in which they conducted negotiations and I would also like to wish them every success for the future.”

The decision now leaves the ruling body scratching around for a successor to Gordon Strachan.