EURO 2016 QUALIFIERS: Oliver Norwood hopes Michael O’Neill can tie down new deal as Northern Ireland manager

Northern Ireland boss Michael O'Neill
Northern Ireland boss Michael O'Neill

Oliver Norwood hopes the Irish FA can tie Michael O’Neill down to a new deal in the coming weeks.

Talks over a new contract for the Northern Ireland boss will begin at the end of the current European qualifying campaign.

O’Neill and his players sit on the cusp of qualification for next summer’s finals, needing just two points from their final two qualifiers to book their place in France.

They host Greece at Windsor Park on Thursday before completing their campaign against Finland on Sunday.

O’Neill has already admitted he would like a four-year deal to take Northern Ireland into the future – which is two years more than the IFA’s normal contract offer for a manager.

Midfielder Norwood believes the Association should do everything in its power to retain the services of O’Neill.

“Definitely. What he has done for the Northern Ireland team is fantastic,” Norwood said.

“I would say that every single player in the squad would like to see Michael stay on as Northern Ireland.

“That message would be very clear from all the boys. We enjoy working with Michael and playing for him and also his backroom staff who deserve a lot of credit.

“I can’t thank Michael enough. I have been in the starting line up the last 10 or 11 games and to have that trust from a manager is great. It makes you go out and be confident which is a big thing for any player.”