Northern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill is close to agreeing a new two-year deal with the Irish Football Association.
O’Neill’s original contract expires at the end of December and, although he has won just one of his 14 matches at the helm, he has the support of key officials at Windsor Avenue.
Speculation has been mounting over the former midfielder signing fresh terms with the IFA, and on Monday Irish FA president Jim Shaw said talks were ongoing.
“Nothing has been finalised or agreed as yet, but we are getting close,” said Shaw.
“There are still a few things to be sorted before any announcement can be made. Patrick Nelson (IFA chief executive) is talking with Michael this week and we will take things from there.
“I wouldn’t commit to any timescale, but hopefully things can be completed as soon as possible.”
O’Neill, who managed Shamrock Rovers before taking over from Nigel Worthington last year, has endured an indifferent spell at the helm.
August’s memorable win over Fabio Capello’s Russia and a spirited draw away to Portugal was tempered by defeats in Azerbaijan and Luxembourg.
Northern Ireland finished fifth in their World Cup qualifying group with seven points.
O’Neill has a chance to add a second win to his CV on November 15 when his side travel to Turkey for a friendly.
He announces his squad on Tuesday.