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O'Neill agrees contract extension
Michael O'Neill has agreed a two-year extension to his contract as Northern Ireland manager, the Irish Football Association has announced.
The new deal will see O'Neill, who succeeded Nigel Worthington in December 2011, remain in charge for the Euro 2016 qualifying campaign.
The news came shortly before O'Neill was due to name his next squad for this month's friendly against Turkey in Adana.
O'Neill said: "When I was appointed Northern Ireland manager I was honoured to have been chosen to manage my country and I am extremely happy to have agreed a new two-year deal with the Irish Football Association.
"I have said all along that I would like to continue in the role.
"I think there has been a major transition in the team - it's a very young squad, but a squad which has developed during the last campaign, with several young players of quality emerging.
"I am now looking forward to taking the team into the European Championship qualifiers."
O'Neill's side finished fifth in their six-team 2014 World Cup qualifying group and suffered a humiliating loss to Luxembourg along the way.
They have won just once in 14 matches under O'Neill but the Irish FA is convinced he is the right man for the job.
President Jim Shaw said: "I am delighted that Michael has agreed a two-year extension to his contract.
"I have no doubt that he will be able to build on the work he has already done and will take us forward in the Euro 2016 campaign.
"Michael is a true professional who has passion and pride - something which he showed as a player for his country and now as a manager and I believe he is the right man for the job of Northern Ireland manager."
O'Neill named a strong squad for the trip to Turkey, with Jonny Evans, Aaron Hughes and Gareth McAuley all included.
Manchester United defender Evans has been battling back trouble and will be suspended for the start of Euro 2016 qualifying, but has been included in the 20-strong party.
The presence of McAuley and Hughes is encouraging given both men have an uncertain international future.
O'Neill has said in the past that he would speak to the pair, who both turn 34 before the end of the year, about deferring any retirement plans and by agreeing to make the journey to Adana for a friendly, they are giving the right signals.
There is no place for Palermo's Kyle Lafferty, who has not been back in the squad since his red card against Portugal in September, while Barnsley's Paddy McCourt and the uncapped Jonny Steele are both absent.
Steele, who plies his trade for New York Red Bulls in Major League Soccer, has his supporters but has yet to persuade O'Neill that he is worth a place.
Just two goalkeepers have been included, with Alan Mannus and Roy Carroll both likely to see some game time.
Northern Ireland squad to face Turkey on November 15: Carroll (Olympiacos), Mannus (St Johnstone); McAuley (West Brom), J Evans (Man Utd), Hodson (MK Dons), D Lafferty (Burnley), McArdle (Bradford), Hughes (Fulham), Baird (Reading); Davis (Southampton), Norwood (Huddersfield), Ferguson (Birmingham), Brunt (West Brom), Clingan (Kilmarnock), O'Connor (Rotherham); McKay (Inverness), Paterson (Huddersfield), Ward (Derby), McGinn (Aberdeen), Grigg (Brentford).