Michael O’neill has left his job as Northern Ireland Manager after eight years in charge due to the proposed rescheduling of international fixtures caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Irish Football Association confirmed the development on Wednesday.
O’neill, who is also the manager of English championship (second-tier) side Stoke City, was set to oversee Northern Ireland’s Euro 2020 playoff semi-final away to Bosnia and Herzegovina which was initially scheduled for March 26.
But with European governing body, UEFA, is likely to reschedule the game for September after it pushed the Euros back a year, 50 year old O’neill, said this was the best time to step down.
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O’neill took charge of Northern Ireland in 2011, and oversaw their qualification for Euro 2016; the nation’s first major international tournament in 30 years where they were knocked out in the last 16.