The Northern Irish regulars are gathered at the jukebox selecting some tunes this evening and are discussing comments made about their countries head coach.
The Belfast Telegraph is reporting that former Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has tipped Michael O’Neill for a future in Premier League management.
Rodgers believes the Northern Ireland head coach is well equipped to cope with the demands of working in England’s top flight should he ever make the decide to take a step back into club management.
“There’s no question about that. It is just going to be about opportunity. He has done an outstanding job where he is.”
“I know Michael well and he is a good guy, he is very talented, very bright, he’s a good coach and he works with players well and has shown over the Euro 2016 qualifying campaign against the odds he can stimulate a group to perform.”
“If you could look at the likes of other international managers, Chris Coleman (Wales) has worked at Premier League level, Martin O’Neill (Republic of Ireland) has great experience at that level and Roy Hodgson (England) has been there as well, so there is no reason why Michael couldn’t do it. I’m sure he will prepare the squad well for the Euros and then he can assess it from there.”
The Northern Irish fans in The Tavern have welcomed Rodgers words of praise for their boss but hope that O’Neill stays in charge of their country for many years to come.