Northern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill plays down Dundee United reports

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Northern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill has rubbished reports linking him to the managerial job at Dundee United.

Speculation continues to mount over the Tannadice post after it emerged that current boss Peter Houston will depart the Scottish Premier League club in the summer.

O’Neill has strong ties with United, having played for the club from 1989 to 1993.

It was reported in the Scottish press on Wednesday that O’Neill was on a short-list of potential candidates for the job.

But speaking on Thursday at a schools’ football programme in Lisburn, O’Neill was quick to play down the reports emanating from across the water.

“I’ve got a contract here and that’s what I intend to keep doing,” O’Neill said.

“I don’t think I have to answer every newspaper article that is written.

“That’s just a story that is circulating in Scotland and you would be better asking the pundit who wrote the story rather than myself.”

O’Neill will on Friday name his squad to face Malta in a friendly international next month.

The Northern Ireland boss is still searching for his first win since succeeding Nigel Worthington in January last year.

Other names being linked with the Dundee United post are Finland boss Mixu Paatelainen as well as Falkirk’s Steven Pressley, Derek Adams of Ross County, Peterhead’s Jim McInally, Partick’s Jackie McNamara and Derek McInnes who recently left Bristol City.