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Lennon: Scotland job could be attractive to O'Neill

The Hibs boss says the role of national team manager is 'very prestigious'.

Hibernian boss Neil Lennon understands why Scotland have approached "miracle worker" Michael O'Neill and says his compatriot could be interested in the job.

The Scottish FA made their move for the Northern Ireland boss on Wednesday.

Lennon believes his former international teammate ticks all the boxes when it comes to managing at international level.

The Easter Road manager said: "From a Northern Ireland perspective, it's not great, he's worked miracles with the squad of players he has.

"It doesn't surprise me that Scotland are showing interest in him.

"He lives in Edinburgh, knows the environment and is a very astute guy."

According to reports O'Neill has already turned down overtures from struggling English Championship outfit Sunderland.

His compatriot Lennon acknowledges why he may see Scotland as a more attractive proposition at this moment in time, despite the perils associated with international management.

He said: "If you are talking about Sunderland, then yes, Scotland would be far more attractive at this current time.

"Compared to the bottom end of the Championship, the Scotland job is a very prestigious job but it is a precarious one.

"It's feast or famine. When it's going well you are the greatest thing since sliced bread, when you lose you are clueless and tactically naive."

Should O'Neill take over Scotland, he would join a contingent of Northern Irish managers working at the highest level of the Scottish game.

Former Celtic manager Lennon said: "We are taking over. I think there's a hunger and a level of, believe it or not, intelligence, football intelligence and man-management.

"I think our backgrounds are very, very similar. There's a real hunger there for us all to achieve."

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