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One of the most famous names in Northern Irish football, Michael O'Neill has been in charge of the country's national football team for almost a decade after taking the job in 2011. Born in Portadown, 1969, O'Neill is a name which will most likely be familiar to football fans across the length and breadth of the British Isles.

A midfielder in his playing days, O'Niell began life as a footballer with his local club Coleraine. He played nearly 20 times for them, scoring four goals, before making a career-defining move to Newcastle United. With the Magpies, O'Neil would make 45 appearances and manage a highly respectable goal tally of 15 in his two seasons with the club.

After this he decided to move north of the boarder to Dundee United. With United, O'Neill established himself as one of the top talents in Scottish football at the time. His 11 goals and 64 appearances for the club earned him a move to Edinburgh club Hibernian. He found his best form with Hibs, making nearly a century of appearances and scoring 19 goals in the Scottish Premier League between 1993 and 1996.

He then moved back to England, where he would stay for a number of years, with Coventry City. He made just five appearances during his time at the Ricoh Arena - his stint in Coventry was made up largely of loan spells. Before long he had moved on. Wigan Athletic in Lancashire was his destination, here he would play 66 times and achieve the only silverware of his playing career in England after the Latics won the Football League Trophy in 1999.

He moved briefly back to Scotland with St Johnstone in 2000 before making an unconventional switch to American side Portland Timbers. After less than a year stateside, O'Neill returned once more to Scotland with Clydebank. After subsequent spells with Glentoran and Ayr United, O'Neil retired from the playing side of the game in 2004.

It is as a manger however, rather than as a player, that Michael O'Neills' name has been brought to countrywide, and indeed international, attention. After making 31 appearances for the Northern Irish national team in his playing career, O'Neill was well-known to the nation's football association and this was perhaps a determining factor in his being awarded the international job in 2011.

Before this big break however, O'Neill took a managers position with lowly Brechin City in 2006. He was a huge success in his one and a half seasons with the club before being released from his contract to allow him to finalise a move to arguably the biggest club in Ireland, Shamrock Rovers. Here he won his first and only trophies as a manager, leading Shamrock Roves to success in the League of Ireland Premier Division in 2010 and 1011 as well as the Setanta Sports Cup in 2011, duly completing a double in his final season with the club. He also won several individual accolades during his time there.

It was perhaps, then, given his domestic success in Northern Ireland that he was tipped to take over the top Northern Irish job in 2011. His time with the club has been very successful when all is said and done. He had leaded them to their first ever European Championships when they qualified for the tournament hosted in France in 2016. In the tournament itself, Northern Ireland performed well above expectations, reaching the knockout stages where they were eventually beaten by eventual semi-finalists Whales.