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Stoke City next manager after Michael O'Neill

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Stoke City – Michael O'Neill

Following the sacking of Nathan Jones, the board at the Potters have appointed Michael O'Neill to the manager's chair following a lengthy interview process. O'Neill is no stranger to English football having played for a number of English teams throughout his 20-year playing career. It is, however, the Northern Ireland boss's first managerial role in the country.

O'Neill was born in Portadown in1969 and played for a number of youth teams in the area before signing his first professional contract with Coleraine in 1984. He played for Coleraine for three seasons in an era when Gaelic football was much more popular than the English game. However, he persisted with football and scored four goals in his 18 appearances for the club. It was a good enough return for the midfielder to land a move across the Irish Sea to Newcastle United.

His record with the Magpies was excellent to say he was adapting to a new league and lifestyle in top-flight football. O'Neill scored 15 goals in 48 appearances before moving north of the border with Dundee United. In his first tenure in Scotland as a player, he was less prolific, scoring 11 goals in 64 appearances. In total, O'Neill spent four years with Dundee before deciding to make the switch to Edinburgh side Hibernian. For Hibs, O'Neill played close to a century of games and scored 19 goals.

After establishing himself as a potent force in Scottish football, O'Neill then went through a more difficult spell in his career. He played for four clubs in two years between 1996 and 1998. He signed for Coventry in `996 but played just five times in his two years with the club, instead of being put into first-team duties he was dished out on loan twice, both in 1998. First, he joined Aberdeen where he was able to make just six appearances back in Scotland. Next, he spent an equally unsuccessful spell with Reading where he played just nine games.

In 1998 he joined Wigan where he reignited his career, playing 66 times in two years and regaining his form at the same time.

For the rest of his career, O'Neill played for five more clubs: Portland Timbers, Clydebank, Glentoran and Ayr United. He moved into management after failing to make a significant impact at any of them. His first off-position was with Brechin City back in Northern Ireland. After two seasons he moved to Shamrock Rovers where he would stay for two successful seasons with the famous Irish club before being offered the country's top job, being the Northern Ireland manager. He has retained this position since 2011 and has been a revelation in this time. Despite signing for Stoke City, O'Neill will continue his duties with the international side for their remaining European Qualifiers.


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