Jonny Evans: Northern Ireland players would understand if Michael O'Neill leaves

Annette Crawford
November 14, 2017

His stock is high after leading Northern Ireland to the Euro 2016 finals in France and following it up with a World Cup qualifying campaign which saw his team finish second in their group behind Germany. The Edinburgh-based boss fits the bill for Scotland, while vacancies with Sunderland and the United States, where O'Neill spent part of his playing career, may also be alluring.

Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neills' odds to become next Rangers manager have shortened after his side failed to qualify for next summer's World Cup - but Gers fans don't want him anywhere near Ibrox.

The 48-year-old is unlikely to be short of suitors. I don't think it's time to say anything now.

The seldom-seen right-back, then, would surely be more than happy to see a manager who knows and trusts him get the job at Ibrox.

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'But we know on the other side that management is such a hard job.

"But we know on the other side of things, management is such a hard job and if something came up, where it would be hard to turn down, no-one would ever begrudge him that".

The former Watford man, however, has been a regular member of O'Neill's squad at worldwide level, winning 19 of his 20 caps since the inspirational manager took over in 2011. "If we had won 1-0 (in the first leg), it would have been very hard tonight", said Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic, who took over from the sacked Ante Cacic only last month.

"Even the other night, we had just got off the plane and were on the bus on the way to the hotel". He had watched the first half (of the first leg) and he came down the bus and he was like, "We're calling a meeting and we're going to watch it because you didn't play that bad, there are so many basic things you can improve on".

"It gave everyone a lift straight away".

'We've spoken about when he first came in and it was hard, but look at things now, ' added Evans, who was the subject of an £18million summer bid from Manchester City.

"Sometimes players get too much credit for that".

Ultimately, Switzerland's controversial penalty in the first leg for a handball which wasn't, turned out to be all that separated the teams and Evans said it only underlines the need for video replays. Gareth McAuley declined to comment on his future but Evans said he was "95% certain" his 37-year-old defensive partner would not retire from global football.

The AC Milan defender's dramatic stoppage-time clearance from a Jonny Evans header means Northern Ireland's long wait for an invitation to the festival of football goes on.

"All good things have to come to an end at some stage", said Brunt.

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