Motherwell have allowed manager Stephen Robinson to speak to Northern Ireland over their vacant manager's job.

The Irish Football Association is interviewing candidates to replace Michael O'Neill this week.

A brief statement from the Scottish Premiership club read: "We have reluctantly given Stephen Robinson permission to interview for the vacant Northern Ireland job.

"We have expressed in the strongest possible terms to Stephen that we want him to remain with Motherwell." 

Interviews are due to take place today and tomorrow, with former Sligo Rovers boss and current Northern Ireland under-21 manager Ian Baraclough, Robinson, Jim Magilton, and former St Johnstone manager Tommy Wright all put forward as candidates.

Wright left St Johnstone in early May, while Magilton is already part of the Irish FA set-up as the elite performance director.

Northern Ireland have a Euro 2020 play-off semi-final to look forward to in October against Bosnia in Zenica. The winner of that clash will take the Republic of Ireland or Slovakia for a place in the finals on 12 November.