Michael O’Neill leaving Shamrock Rovers

    Shamrock Rovers boss Michael O’Neill has told his players that he is leaving the club after failing to agree a new contract.

    O’Neill will leave after Thursday’s game with Spurs in the Europa League in Tallaght. His contract expires at the end of the month and he has been unable to agree a new one with the board.

    Rovers captain Dan Murray told the Irish Times: “He said that contract negotiations had broken down. He said he was telling us so he could focus on Thursday’s game and make sure we do ourselves justice.

    “I was pretty surprised myself because we’ve had a pretty good year but it’s one of those things.

    “It will be sad to see him go. He brought me to the club from Cork and made me captain. We’ve done well in the league here and had some enjoyable nights in Europe.”

    While talks had been taking place for the last few months, the manager and club were unable to agree on a terms. He was offered a new contract but was unhappy with the terms.

    O’Neill was a huge success at Rovers, leading the club to back-to-back League of Ireland titles and winning a Setanta Cup.

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