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Scottish FA make official approach for Michael O'Neill

The governing body wants the Northern Ireland manager to replace Gordan Strachan.

Approach: Scotland want to speak to O'Neill.
Approach: Scotland want to speak to O'Neill. SNS Group

The Scottish FA has made an official approach to speak to Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill to replace Gordon Strachan.

The governing body has requested permission from the IFA to discuss O'Neill taking charge of Scotland for the Euro 2020 qualifying campaign.

The Dark Blues have been without a manager since Strachan left his position after failing to reach the World Cup play-offs.

Performance director Malky Mackay stood in for the friendly defeat to Netherlands last week.

O'Neill, linked with the job for some time following his success in taking Northern Ireland to Euro 2016, saw his side fall at the play-off stage to Switzerland, ending their hopes of reaching Russia.

While under contract for another two years, O'Neill's current deal has graded compensation clauses should he move elsewhere.

https://stv.tv/sport/football/1402295-o-neill-would-be-wonderful-appointment-for-scotland/ | default

The 48-year old turned out for six Scottish clubs during his playing career and was handed his first job in management by Brechin City in 2006. He still lives in Edinburgh.

After two years in the job he moved to Shamrock Rovers, winning the league twice and guiding the club into the group stage of the Europa League.

Success at club level led to his appointment as Northern Ireland boss in 2011 and he led the team not only to the Euro 2016 tournament but through the group stage to the second round.

In the subsequent World Cup qualifying round, the team finished second in their group behind Germany before losing their play-off.

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