Northern Ireland assistant manager Jimmy Nicholl believes that Michael O'Neill will 'land a big job' in the near future. Nicholl, assistant to O'Neill with the nation since March 2015, was confident that O'Neill's exploits with his nation would be recognised by a big club before too long.

"The big job for Michael - I think it will happen. He is very clever," Nicholl told the BBC, despite 46-year-old O'Neill signing a new four-year deal with the Irish FA in March.

"Not that we've spoken about it. He's very quiet. He keeps his cards close to his chest.

"He's a shrewdy. Put it this way - it won't faze him.

"I think he deserves it - at least a Championship club down in England - the way he goes about his job."

Nicholl also spoke of any potential successor for O'Neill at Northern Ireland, tipping O'Neill's former Newcastle United teammate and current St. Johnstone boss Tommy Wright as his potential successor.

"He hasn't done himself any harm, Tommy, over the last few years," the former Raith Rovers and Cowdenbeath manager told BBC Radio Scotland's Off The Ball.