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Michael O'Neill agrees to return as Northern Ireland coach

Michael O'Neill has agreed to return for a second spell as Northern Ireland manager after successfully concluding talks with the Irish FA.

The 53-year-old will take charge for the forthcoming Euro 2024 qualifying campaign, succeeding Ian Baraclough who was sacked from the post on 21 October.

O'Neill became Stoke City manager in November 2019 but stayed on as NI boss too until resigning in April 2020.

His appointment could be confirmed by the Irish FA as early as Wednesday.

O'Neill was sacked from his job at Championship side Stoke in August 2022.

The Potters had won one of their first five league games when he was relieved of his duties after almost three years at the helm.

Having been appointed NI boss at the end of 2011, O'Neill's initial tenure saw him lead the team to the Euro 2016 finals in France, the first time in 30 years that the country had qualified for a major tournament.

At the finals themselves, he guided his side to the second round, beating Ukraine in the process, but ultimately losing narrowly to Wales at the last-16 stage.

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