English Premiership

O'Neill would consider Leicester job offer

2017-03-07 11:09
Michael O'Neill (Getty Images)

Cape Town - Northern Ireland boss Michael O'Neill admits he would listen to what Leicester have to say if they came knocking on his door.

The Foxes are on the hunt for a new manager after they sacked Claudio Ranieri last month, with Craig Shakespeare overseeing first-team duties on an interim basis.

Shakespeare, who was assistant to Nigel Pearson and Ranieri at the King Power Stadium, has done his prospects of permanent employment no harm by recording back-to-back wins over Liverpool and Hull.

O'Neill has been linked with the vacancy and says he would weigh up any potential offer from the East Midlands club, but was quick to stress that he was not "actively" seeking to leave his current post, where he still has three years to run on his contract with the Irish Football Association.

"You have to consider these things if the opportunity is presented to you," the 47-year-old said. "I don't think you can ever say 'no' in football but equally I'm not actively looking for another job.

"When vacancies have arisen particularly in England this year, my name has been mentioned but I actively haven't sought another job outside of the one I'm in. That won't change over the course of my contract.

"It's always nice to be linked with jobs. It's the nature of football now and the media that surrounds football."

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