That's looking increasingly likely. How's this for a scenario? Meetings took place and O'Neill indicated he would take the job, subject to sorting out a few details. Then, alerted to our interest, maybe another club made contact. Maybe somebody at Liverpool put in a call?
"Look Martin, no promises, but if we lose against Everton tomorrow, Kenny's bubble will be burst. Hold on 24 hours son. The Liverpool job could be yours."
Now, if you were O'Neill, which job would you prefer?