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Published: 11:37 | 16/3/16

Michael O'Neill signs contract extension

Michael O'Neill has agreed a new four-year deal to carry on as Northern Ireland manager.

O'Neill will take his Northern Ireland side to Euro 2016 this season, their first finals of a major tournament since 1986, and he has been rewarded with a new four-year extension.

The new deal, which runs until June 2020, will see O'Neill become the highest-paid manager in Northern Ireland's history, although is understood to include a release clause should the 46-year-old decide to return to club management.

"I am extremely proud to be manager of Northern Ireland and I have thoroughly enjoyed the role over the past four years," the former Shamrock Rovers manager stated.

"I am therefore pleased to have signed this new long-term contract with the stability that it brings to me, the staff and the players. We are all now looking forward to EURO 2016 and the chance to create more history this summer."

Irish FA President, Jim Shaw, said: “Michael O’Neill has been absolutely magnificent for football in Northern Ireland. Most people could only dare to dream that Northern Ireland would play in a major Championship again but Michael made those dreams a reality.

“He is a wonderful ambassador for Northern Ireland and I am absolutely delighted that he has signed this new four-year contract with the Irish FA.”

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