Michael O’Neill has turned down the chance to speak to Championship side Sunderland, a decision which appears to have opened the door for the Scottish FA in their pursuit of the Northern Ireland boss.
O’Neill lead Northern Ireland into the World Cup playoffs, after finishing in second place behind world champions Germany during the group stage.
However, O’Neill’s hopes of leading his country to a second tournament on the bounce were left in ruin by Switzerland, with a questionable penalty decision during the first leg enough to see the Swiss progress.
Despite their failure to qualify, the 48-year-old’s stock has never been higher, with the SFA understood to have approached him earlier this week.
And O’Neill appears to have given the clearest sign yet that he would be willing to replace Gordon Strachan, after Sky Sports News reporter Keith Downie confirmed he’s rejected Sunderland on Twitter:
Michael O’Neill has turned down the chance to speak to Sunderland due to concerns over transfer budget.
— Keith Downie (@SkySports_Keith) November 16, 2017
So, Scotland fans, would O’Neill be your choice to take the big job?
Or are there other candidates that the SFA should be chasing?