Iain Dowie tips Ibrox-linked Michael O'Neill for Premier League - despite Rangers fans' displeasure

Hull City's caretaker manager Iain Dowie looks on during their English Premier League football match against Wigan Athletic at The DW Stadium in Wigan, north-west England, on May 3, 2010....

Rangers are reportedly monitoring the situation of Northern Ireland boss Michael O'Neill.

Michael O'Neill, Manager of Northern Ireland looks dejected following the FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier Play-Off: Second Leg between Switzerland and Northern Ireland at St. Jakob-Park on...

Pundit Iain Dowie has told Sky Sports that he thinks Northern Ireland boss Michael O'Neill is deserving of a Premier League job if he decides to move on.

Northern Ireland reached the World Cup play-offs after another superb campaign under O'Neill, but fell to a 1-0 aggregate defeat to Switzerland after a controversial first leg defeat at Windsor Park.

Sunday's 0-0 draw in Basel means that Northern Ireland's World Cup dream is over, and the attention has now turned to discussing O'Neill's future.

Northern Ireland coach Michael O'Neill reacts after the FIFA football World Cup 2018 European play-off draw, on October 17, 2017 in Zurich.

Many believe that O'Neill will now leave his post for a return to club management, with The Scottish Sun reporting that Rangers – who sacked Pedro Caixinha last month – are keeping tabs on his situation.

O'Neill is also being touted for the Scotland job after Gordon Strachan's exit, and most Northern Ireland fans have already accepted that O'Neill won't be in charge for much longer.

The 48-year-old had only managed Brechin City and Shamrock Rovers before taking the Northern Ireland job in 2011, winning almost 35% of his games in charge whilst even taking his side to Euro 2016.

Now, pundit and former Northern Ireland international Iain Dowie has told Sky Sports that he thinks O'Neill is deserving of a job in the Premier League or at the top of the Championship, claiming he has the man-management skills to be a top manager.

Hull City's caretaker manager Iain Dowie looks on during their English Premier League football match against Wigan Athletic at The DW Stadium in Wigan, north-west England, on May 3, 2010....Iain Dowie

“There'll come a time when there will be a knock on the door and someone will want Michael,” said Dowie. “I suggest he might want a club job and with the job he's done he rightly deserves to get one. I think Michael deserves a run at that, certainly a Premier League or a top Championship job. At the moment, he wouldn't be out of place managing at the very top level.”

“Man management is underrated and that's the key element at Premier League level. Michael has shown that he's managed his players very well. It's not so much that I worry about Michael's decision, I think people will come calling, and rightly so,” he added.

Whilst Dowie is backing O'Neill for the Premier League, Rangers fans aren't quite so impressed, suggesting that he doesn't have the domestic experience to manage a club like Rangers, with many underwhelmed at the prospect of him arriving at Ibrox and attempting to cope with the expectation levels – but in truth, the Gers could do a lot, lot worse than appointing O'Neill after such an impressive spell in international football.

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