28 Dec '11, 6pm

Football: O'Neill confirmed as new Northern Ireland coach

Football: O'Neill confirmed as new Northern Ireland coach

LONDON: Michael O'Neill was confirmed as the new manager of Northern Ireland's national team on Wednesday, agreeing a two-year contract to lead his country in the 2014 World Cup qualifiers. The former Shamrock Rovers manager has been chosen ahead of Jim Magilton and Iain Dowie to succeed Nigel Worthington in the post, and will begin work on February 1. Irish Football Association chief executive Patrick Nelson described O'Neill as "the stand-out choice from an excellent field". He is thought to be earning around half the 450,000 pounds ($695,000) a year given to his predecessor and inherits a side who finished a disappointing fifth in their Euro 2012 qualifying group, ahead of only the Faroe Islands. "I am honoured to be chosen to manage my country," the 42-year-old O'Neill was quoted as saying on the Irish FA's official website. "Northern Ireland has a strong football trad...

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