Away from home in international football we always have a deeper defensive position as a team and, therefore, to have attacking threat, we use this session for both purposes. MORE
On his appointment as Northern Ireland manager in December 2011, Michael O’Neill took over a national side ranked 87th in the world, and who hadn’t qualified for a major tournament since the 1982 World Cup finals in Spain.
Yet, on October 8, 2015, 46-year-old O’Neill and his Northern Ireland team beat Greece 3-1 to finish top of their qualifying group and secure a place in the UEFA European Championship finals for the first time in the country’s history.
O’Neill’s abilities to manage at the highest level domestically were highlighted when he led Shamrock Rovers to successive League of Ireland titles, as well as the Setanta Cup. He also took the club to the group stages of the Europa League, as they became the first Irish team to progress that far in a European club competition. He began his managerial career in 2006 at Scottish club Brechin City.
As a player, O’Neill played for clubs in Northern Ireland, Scotland, England and the USA, and was capped 31 times at international level.