Is Michael O'Neill destined for the Premier League?

Northern Ireland Fans

Craig Cathcart has suggested that Northern Ireland boss Michael O'Neill could handle a job in the Premier League, comparing him to Watford's Quique Flores.

Watford's Craig Cathcart has hinted that Michael O'Neill has what it takes to succeed in the Premier League, adding he sees similarities to club boss Quique Sanchez Flores.

The defender, who is part of O'Neill's squad to face Wales and Slovenia over the Easter period, has been involved in the the last three internationals for his country, having played an important role in the Hornets' Premier League survival.

And the 27-year-old insists he sees little difference in the way two managers operate, as quoted by the Press Association

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He told reporters: "They're both tactically very good. Every game we go into for Watford and Northern Ireland we have a game plan and we know all about the other team, what their strengths are, who their key players are. In that sense they are very similar.

"They are similar characters, both very approachable; you can speak to them and they are quite relaxed around the training pitch. They compare in many ways, a lot of them are positive things."

But while the plaudits have seemingly queued up to heap praise on O'Neill for guiding Northern Ireland to their first ever European Championships, Cathcart believes the achievements of Flores should not be played down.

Despite a 2-1 defeat to Stoke at the weekend, Watford are currently 11 points clear of the relegation zone, with an FA Cup semi-final with Crystal Palace at Wembley next month adding extra sweetness to a successful season.

But Cathcart believes the achievements of other teams have taken attention away from Vicarage Road.

"For teams that come up, the first thing they want to do is to stay in the Premier League and build from there," he added.

"We probably haven't had the credit we deserve but that's just the way the season has been. Leicester have been unbelievable - the way they finished last year and have carried on this year."

"It's been a strange Premier League year, it's been more like the Championship the way each team has beat each other. Hopefully we'll show towards the end of the season that we deserve to be in the Premier League next season and build on it."

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