O’Neill, the 42-year-old Shamrock Rovers manager who played at Easter Road during the Nineties, is about to go out of contract and is looking for a new challenge.
Yesterday, though, he made it clear that Hibs might have competition should they make a move for him, when he expressed guarded interest in becoming manager of his native Northern Ireland – a post from which he had previously distanced himself.
“I have not ruled myself in or out of any job,” O’Neill said. “My contract ends shortly and I’m in discussions about a new one.
“My future is very much up in the air, to be honest, and the Northern Ireland job is very attractive, no doubt about that. Whether it’s too soon in my career. . . some people have said that, but I’d consider anything that comes along.”