Hampden Park

Next Game

Scotland v N Ireland

Wednesday, 25 March 2015, 19:45

International Match

Last Game

Romania 2 - 0 N Ireland

Friday, 14 November 2014, 19:45

European Qualifiers Group F

Taylor urges IFA over O'Neill

Northern Ireland coach Maik Taylor has urged the Irish Football Association to offer manager Michael O'Neill a new contract.

Last Updated: 13/10/13 at 15:44 Post Comment

Michael O'Neill: Current deal with IFA expires at the end of the year

Michael O'Neill: Current deal with IFA expires at the end of the year

O'Neill's current deal expires at the end of the year, and Taylor believes the former Shamrock Rovers coach should be retained despite a record of only one win in 13 matches at the helm.

Taylor, who is working on a short-term deal as goalkeeping coach less than two years since winning his last cap, is confident that O'Neill's hard work behind the scenes will soon start to reap rewards on the pitch.

"I strongly believe the way forward is with Michael at the helm and leading us into the Euros," said Taylor ahead of Tuesday's final World Cup qualifier against Israel.

"I really feel if he carries on then everyone will be better for that continuity.

"It's going to take time, no question. Some of the young lads coming into the national side are not even playing club football, but we have a small pool of players and it's not as though we can go out and sign someone, so you do the best you can.

"Michael is very, very passionate. He's hurting as much, if not more, than anyone else.

"If you take the blip in Luxembourg out of it, the performances in all the other games - irrespective of the results - have been strong.

"It is a period of transition at the moment. It's a young squad and although the results haven't always come, the lads have set a standard of performance - getting the win against Russia, going very close to a result against Portugal.

"The lads will learn from this campaign."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

S

o Brendan is full of sh!t, who'd have thought it eh?

fatbob30
Carroll accuses Rodgers

P

resumably, you wanted to keep the version of Downing that was never seen at Anfield. The one that another manager has managed to re-create. The one you passed over.

badwolf
Rodgers: I wanted to keep Downing

T

he uber commercialisation of the 90s has led to the point where this overly familar, try hard, jolly hockey sticks type fronts up a major football match on a weekly basis. Unlike the great presenters of yesteryear, I doubt he would even recognise the scent of Brut.

mufc phil
Football On TV: Jake Humphrey

Footer 365

Stuart Pearce sacked as Nottingham Forest manager

Stuart Pearce has been sacked as manager of Nottingham Forest, the club confirmed on Sunday evening.

Transfer news: Tottenham look to offload trio and sign a player on loan

Tottenham will allow Emmanuel Adebayor and either Younes Kaboul or Vlad Chiriches to leave on loan before the deadline.

Premier League: Swansea late show stuns Southampton at St Mary's

Swansea City beat Southampton 1-0 at St Mary’s on Sunday afternoon thanks to a brilliant late strike by Jonjo Shelvey.

Mail Box

'Costa Is A Bad Man. Suarez Is Not'

That's quite some claim. And yes, unfortunately we are still talking about this. We also have mails on Ronaldinho, possible replacements for Yaya Toure and more...

Red Mist Better Than Calculated Costa?

Hmmm. We're not sure about this argument - one Mailbox says Luis Suarez is easier to forgive because he is a little loco. We also have mails on Studge and more...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company