Irish Football Association chief David Martin has broken his silence about Michael O’Neill‘s future as Northern Ireland manager.
The IFA president has made it clear he believes Stoke City boss O’Neill is “the best” man to lead Northern Ireland into their Euro play-off clash with Bosnia whenever it is played.
And he has revealed the IFA has not yet started its search for his successor.
O’Neill, Stoke and Northern Ireland reached an agreement that O’Neill would stay in charge of Northern Ireland for their Euro play-off, when he took charge at the bet365 Stadium in November.
But when the play-off was postponed last month because of the coronavirus crisis and Euro 2020 moved to 2021, it was felt O’Neill would not be able to carry on in his dual role.
“In my opinion, Michael is the best person to take the team,” the IFA president told the Belfast Telegraph.
“He took them to the play-offs and he is the best person to head that up. I would say he commands that position. He would be the one I want to see there.”
Asked if the plan was for O’Neill to be manager for the Bosnia clash regardless of when it is played, Martin added: “As I indicated, Michael is the best person to prepare the team and take command of the team for the play-off against Bosnia.
“That’s my opinion and I believe he is the man to get us to the Euro 2020 finals, which will be played in 2021.”