Jonny Evans has admitted that the Northern Ireland players are surprised that Michael O'Neill remains in charge following on from the European Championships.

There was expectation that O'Neill would land a big club job having led the country to their first ever European Championships final in which he tactically excelled.

"It has been strange no-one has come in for him," Evans said ahead of the World Cup qualifier against Czech Republic in Prague.

"He is in a great position and I think no matter what happens in this campaign he will always be in a strong position.

"We are all really fond of the manager, we would all like to see him being given that chance to go and prove himself at club level. I do not think we would hold it against him if he did move on and manage a club.

"We are grateful as players that we have him for this campaign because we know the hunger he has and it has a big impact on us."

O'Neill has previously managed at Brechin City and Shamrock Rovers but despite being linked to various clubs in England and Scotland, he signed a new four-year deal with the Irish Football Association earlier this year.