O'Neill thrilled to sign Northern Ireland extension

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The former Shamrock Rovers manager guided his side to the top of Group F, ahead of both Romania and Hungary, and he has now penned a four-year deal until 2020

Northern Ireland coach Michael O'Neill has agreed a new four-year contract after guiding the country to Euro 2016.

The former Shamrock Rovers boss inspired a dramatic revival of his side's fortunes during qualification, as they topped Group F ahead of Romania and Hungary.

Six wins from their 10 matches ensured their place at the tournament, and the Irish Football Association have subsequently rewarded the 46-year-old with a fresh deal until 2020.

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"I am extremely proud to be manager of Northern Ireland and I have thoroughly enjoyed the role over the past four years," O'Neill said.

"I am therefore pleased to have signed this new long-term contract with the stability that it brings to me, the staff and the players.

"We are all now looking forward to Euro 2016 and the chance to create more history."

Northern Ireland open their Euro 2016 campaign against Poland on June 12, before facing Ukraine and Germany in Group C.

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