MICHAEL O’NEILL has REJECTED the possibility to take over at Scotland.
The Northern Eire boss had been the favorite to take the reins at Hampden Park after Gordon Strachan was axed in October.
Nonetheless, the 48-year-old will stay in control of his residence nation after being supplied a brand new six-year deal value £750,000 with the IFA.
Talking on his choice, O’Neill stated: “Having given the matter a substantial amount of thought and consideration, I’ve determined to not take up the chance to turn into the subsequent Scotland Nationwide group supervisor.
“It’s an enormous honour to be supplied the place nevertheless I don’t really feel that that is the suitable alternative for me at this second in my profession.
“I want to place on document my gratitude to the SFA for the very skilled method during which they performed negotiations and I’d additionally wish to want them each success for the long run.”
The event is a crushing blow to SFA chief Stewart Regan.
However he insists O’Neill was only one title on a listing of candidates for the job and people different managers will now come beneath nearer consideration.
Regan stated: “The method of figuring out and recruiting a brand new Scotland nationwide coach stays ongoing.
“The Board of the Scottish FA appointed a sub-committee to supervise the recruitment course of, compile a listing of appropriate candidates and in the end make a advice. As a part of that course of, and in recognition of his work in taking Northern Eire to UEFA Euro 2016, Michael O’Neill was recognized as an apparent candidate for consideration.
“To that finish, we requested permission to talk to Michael from the Irish Soccer Affiliation, which was accepted. Michael and his advisers met our delegation in Edinburgh on Thursday and mentioned all points of the position throughout a three-hour assembly.
“Whereas this was a optimistic and cordial dialogue, we respect Michael’s choice to stay loyal to Northern Eire, with whom he has loved nice success.
“We want him nicely in his future endeavours and thank the Irish FA for his or her professionalism all through.
“We now proceed our recruitment course of from the candidate checklist established by the choice committee, with a view to giving the brand new nationwide coach ample time to organize the squad for the UEFA Nations League.”
The ex-Dundee United and Hibs ace, who is predicated in Edinburgh, additionally had reservations regarding his household life by main the nation the place he lives when contemplating the transfer.
SunSport completely revealed final night time that O’Neill was set to snub the SFA.
Now Hampden bosses should flip their attentions to a brand new candidate with the Nations Cup draw looming on Wednesday.