Michael O’Neill favourite for Scotland job after surge of bets

Could the popular Northern Ireland boss be about to make the short hop across to Hampden Park?


Paddy Power have installed Michael O’Neill as the clear favourite for the vacant Scotland manager’s job, following his Northern Ireland side’s near-miss in the World Cup play-off.

The Glasgow-based boss is now 7/4 to shorten his commute and take the Hampden Park job, with punters piling in since Northern Ireland’s defeat to Switzerland – dramatically shortening his odds from 4/1.

The former Shamrock Rovers boss now heads Paul Lambert and Alex McLeish (both 10/3) in the betting.

Asked about the possibility of O’Neill moving over the Scotland spokesman Paddy Power said: “With few other likely candidates, and the SFA’s perceived inactivity coinciding perfectly with Northern Ireland’s World Cup fate being decided, O’Neill looks a sure thing for the Scotland job.

“They may face competition getting their man from Sunderland, so the Hampden Park bigwigs will be hoping his two-year playing stint at Newcastle is particularly meaningful to O’Neill. Otherwise, it’ll be the second time in recent memory they’ve lost a manager to a mediocre English club.”


7/4         Michael O’Neill
10/3       Paul Lambert
10/3       Alex McLeish
7/1         David Moyes
8/1         Sam Allardyce
10/1       Derek McInnes
10/1       Malky Mackay
10/1       Harry Redknapp

The full Scotland manager market can be found here.

* All odds correct at time of posting.

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