Norwich City have started talks with Northern Ireland head coach Michael O’Neill according to a report from BBC Sport.
The Canaries have been looking for a new head coach since they sacked Alex Neil, though Alan Irvine has been doing a decent job filling in over the last few weeks. They have been linked to several big names with Fleetwood Town’s Uwe Rosler, Huddersfield Town’s David Wagner and even Leeds United’s Garry Monk all being mentioned at some point.
However yesterday some reports emerged that Norwich were interested in appointing Michael O’Neill as their next manager and they have been confirmed as more reports have emerged saying that talks between the two have already started. O’Neill has been a huge success with Northern Ireland, guiding them to the Last 16 of Euro 2016, but could get his first chance at managing in the EFL should he take this job.
Should Norwich want to appoint O’Neill as the replacement for Alex Neil, they will need to pay out though. It is believed that there is a release clause in his contract that would mean any Premier League side that wants him would have to pay the Northern Ireland FA £750K. While that might not apply to Norwich with them still being in the Sky Bet Championship, this report suggests as a release clause fee is still in play and that it might be less for the one that applies to Premier League sides.
However O’Neill is just one of many men that Norwich are talking to as they look to appoint a new manager shortly after their final game of the season against QPR.