Michael O'Neill agrees new two-year deal with Northern Ireland
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Michael O'Neill agrees new two-year deal with Northern Ireland

MICHAEL O'NEILL is understood to have agreed a new two-year deal to remain as Northern Ireland manager.

The deal would see O'Neill take charge for the Euro 2016 qualifying campaign, which begins next September.

Talks between O’Neill and the Irish Football Association have taken place over recent months and an announcement is expected before next week's friendly international match against Turkey.

O'Neill's current contract expires at the end of the year.

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The former Shamrock Rovers manager took over from Nigel Worthington as Northern Ireland boss in December 2011 and took charge of his first game with the senior side in February the following year.

In doing so he became the North's first Catholic manager in more than 50 years.

Northern Ireland have won one and drawn six of his 14 games in charge and finished fifth in their World Cup qualifying group, with seven points from their 10 games.