Southampton: Davis and Northern Ireland face make or break game

  • Southampton: Davis and Northern Ireland face make or break game

Southampton: Davis and Northern Ireland face make or break game

MICHAEL O'NEILL HAS not given his future with Northern Ireland "any thought" after Switzerland ended their World Cup dream last night.

The 48-year-old is now being tipped to end his six-year reign and is being heavily linked with the Scotland job following Gordon Strachan's departure.

But while clubs would have to shell out £750,000 in compensation to the Irish FA, it's understood there is no such clause in place if he was to take charge of another country. O'Neill struggled to contain his emotions as he batted away questions about his future.

"I haven't given it any thought", he told Sky Sports. We should still be playing now, still be playing extra-time now.

"No, I haven't even considered that [my future]", he said. I hope they won't be compensated in Basel, my home town. These players have had long established Northern Ireland careers.

"It's a hard time and it will come for them, and they will make decisions going forward, certainly the likes of Aaron Hughes, Gareth McAuley and Chris Brunt".

"But they have time to make that decision".

"I am not thinking any further ahead than just being with the players".

The only goal of the two legs, scored by Ricardo Rodríguez from the penalty spot on Thursday after Corry Evans was controversially adjudged to have handled when the ball struck the back of his shoulder, proved to be pivotal.

The Rovers midfielder conceded a controversial penalty in the first leg in Belfast, which was converted by the Swiss, giving them the upper hand. The players are devastated but I couldn't be any prouder.