Sammy McIlroy shouts instructions to his players during the League Two match between Morecambe and Northampton Town.
Manchester United legend Sammy McIlroy has suggested that Michael O'Neill should be in the running for the vacant managerial position at Everton.
The former midfielder, who played for the Red Devils for 11 years, was speaking about O'Neill after his Northern Ireland team failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup after being beaten by Switzerland in the playoffs.
Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill during the FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier playoff first leg against Switzerland.
"Does he crave day to day involvement at a big club. Would that be appealing to him?" McIlroy told The Herald.
"He's never had a taste of life as a manager at a major football club. If a big club, a Glasgow Rangers or an Everton, comes in he may decide that is his next challenge."
The Telegraph reports that O'Neill, who lives in Edinburgh and played large parts of his career in Scotland, is being seriously considered by Rangers as a successor to Pedro Caixinha following his sacking at Ibrox.
Pedro Caixinha is seen during the Betfred League Cup Semi Final between Rangers and Motherwell.
Yet should the Toffees be looking to challenge Gers for the 48 year old's signature as they look to replace Ronald Koeman after his own dismissal?
Several names have been linked with the job at Goodison Park, with Sam Allardyce, Burnley boss Sean Dyche and current caretaker David Unsworth all being favourites at different times and an approach for current favourite Marco Silva being knocked back by Watford - as reported by the Independent.
However, does O'Neill's record of having taken the Northern Irish - whose majority of players play in the English lower leagues - to Euro 2016 and the verge of the World Cup in Russia mean he should be, as McIlroy states, at least on a serious shortlist in the blue half of Merseyside?