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Wolves boss Gary O’Neil breaks silence over shock reports linking him to Man Utd job in Sir Jim Ratcliffe’s overhaul

GARY O’NEIL is “honoured” to be linked to an Old Trafford coaching role.

But the Wolves boss, 40, insists there is “no truth” in such talk and claims he is “always going to be a head coach”.

Gary O’Neil has suggested he wants to stay as a head coach

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Gary O’Neil has suggested he wants to stay as a head coachCredit: Getty

Manchester United‘s new minority owner Sir Jim Ratcliffe reportedly wants a new set-up off the field.

And even the future of manager Erik ten Hag is uncertain.

United’s new regime are said to admire England chief Gareth Southgate, ex-Chelsea boss Graham Potter and Brighton manager Roberto De Zerbi.

And former Bournemouth boss O’Neil zoomed onto the radar this week amid suggestions Ratcliffe is keen on a whole new coaching structure.

But having guided Wolves to ninth in the Premier League in his first season, the ex-Middlesbrough midfielder appeared to rule out the switch.

He said: “No, no truth. I don’t know where it came from. Obviously, I’ve heard about it.

“Growing up, Liverpool and Manchester United always felt special, two real special clubs.

“Firstly, an honour to be linked even though there is no truth in it.

“Of course, when your name is mentioned with one of the biggest clubs in world football it’s an honour.

“But, as I’ve said, I love it here [at Wolves].”

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O’Neil’s insistence that he wants to remain the main man would seem to be another obstacle for the Red Devils, should they pursue him.

He added: “I’m a head coach. I’m always going to be a head coach and I’m really enjoying my time at Wolves.”

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