Northern Ireland icon and former Rangers defender Gareth McAuley thinks that Motherwell boss Stephen Robinson would be the ‘perfect’ choice to replace the outgoing Michael O’Neill as Northern Irish manager.
O’Neill has taken the reins at Stoke City and will leave his national team post after the Euro 2020 qualifying campaign 0 and McAuley thinks the Irish FA would be “foolish” not to at least approach Robinson.
The Fir Park boss was part of O’Neill’s backroom staff at Euro 2016 and McAuley, who captained the squad, wouldn’t be surprised if Northern Ireland are beaten to the punch.
“There has been a few names bandied about for the job, but for me, the one for it is Stephen Robinson,” McAuley said, as quoted by the Scottish Sun.
“It would keep the continuity going. He knows the players who are coming through as he worked with them at younger age groups and he knows the senior players too.
“He worked with Michael at the Euros in 2016 and the lads all have great respect for him.
“I think it would be foolish if they didn’t at least approach him and make contact, even if they feel Michael should carry on.
“The work he is doing at Motherwell is being noticed and it wouldn’t surprise me if another club comes in for him and Northern Ireland lose out on the perfect person to take over.”
Robinson has won plenty of plaudits during his time at Motherwell and would be a good fit for the Northern Ireland side.
With Gers linchpin Steven Davis still a key part of the side at international level, there would be a real jump in quality for Robinson to work with.
Given McAuley’s standing with the NI support and the phenomenal career he had, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see the ex-Rangers defender involved in some capacity before too long.