Report: Sunderland want Michael O'Neill to be their next manager

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

Sunderland are keen to appoint Michael O'Neill as their next manager.

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

According to the Daily Mail, Michael O’Neill has emerged as Sunderland’s top target for their managerial job - after reports suggested that Paul Heckingbottom was closing in on being appointed at the Stadium of Light.

It was claimed that Heckingbottom was set to leave Barnsley to join Sunderland by The Sun yesterday, with the 44-year-old offered a huge pay rise by the Black Cats.

However, the Mail suggest that O’Neill is now Sunderland’s top target.

The manager of Northern Ireland Michael O'Neill inspects the pitch before the FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier between Norway and Northern Ireland at Ullevaal Stadion on October 8, 2017 in...

Although Sunderland are still interested in Heckingbottom, they feel that O’Neill could be an excellent appointment, as they look to avoid the drop in the Championship.

O’Neill has worked wonders in charge of Northern Ireland, but he was unable to get the nation to the World Cup.

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...

Northern Ireland were beaten by Switzerland in a World Cup qualifying play off yesterday, and there is a feeling that he could move on now.

Sunderland are currently bottom of the Championship, and whether they would have the pulling power to attract the in-demand boss remains to be seen.

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