Euro 2020 qualifiers: Leaving NI before end of campaign 'never an option' – Michael O'Neill

Written by on November 15, 2019

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            </figure><h2 class="gel-mb gel-great-primer">BBC coverage</h2><dl class="gel-pica description-list"><dt class="description-list__term gel-pica-bold">How to follow:</dt><dd>Listen on BBC Radio Ulster and the BBC Sport website; Text commentary on BBC Sport website; Highlights on BBC One NI at 22:20 GMT</dd></dl><p class="sp-story-body__introduction">Michael O'Neill has said he told Stoke City at the outset of their talks that he would not consider leaving Northern Ireland immediately.</p>

The NI boss took over at Stoke last week but will remain in his international role until the end of their Euro 2020 qualifying campaign.

NI are at home to the Netherlands on Saturday before their last Group C game away to Germany three days later.

“Leaving before these two games was not an option,” O’Neill explained.

“That would not have been the right thing to do and I was clear with Stoke about that from the start.”

While taking the NI side for the Dutch and German games was always O’Neill’s intention, he revealed it was the Irish FA that requested he remains in charge for any potential play-off matches in March.

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