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‘CLUB BEFORE COUNTRY FOR O’NEILL’, MANNUS

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ALAN MANNUS has said that he reckons that Michael O’Neill would rather be plying his trade at a top club job instead of becoming Scotland manager.

Scotland are without a manager after the SFA and Gordon Strachan parted ways on Thursday. Speaking to BBC Sportsound, the St Johnstone ‘keeper was full of admiration for his national boss.

The 48-year-old is believed to be highly regarded by the SFA; however, Mannus believes that the Edinburgh-based manager wouldn’t like to side step from Northern Ireland to Scotland.

“It’s a positive thing for Northern Irish football he’s being linked to other international jobs.”

“He’d do a good job, so who knows.

“If you look at what he’s done with Northern Ireland, no-one else has really done anything like that in the last 20 years or so and with such a small country.”

The pair worked together when O’Neill was at Shamrock Rovers, where during his first press conference, O’Neill cited Gordon Strachan as his managerial influence.

“I had him as a manager at Shamrock Rovers and I know that he loves being a club manager so I would imagine that he would want to get back into that at some point.

“You’ll need to ask him if he’d take it but in my opinion he’ll look to get in to a club somewhere next at a high level and he’ll get a good club job somewhere.”

When asked what the former-Hibs, St Johnstone and Dundee Utd player’s secret to International success, Mannus attributed it to the man himself.

“I don’t think there’s a secret. I think it’s down to what the manager has done.

“For the first two years he came in the team weren’t really any more successful than before, but that was really the beginning of things starting to turn round for us in terms of performances.”

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