Born in Portadown, Northern Ireland, Michael O'Neill began his professional career with Newcastle United in 1988 before joining Dundee United in 1989.
National team Northern Ireland
By the time Michael O'Neill arrived at Easter Road from Dundee United in 1993, he was already established in his native Northen Ireland's squad. He would play 112 times for the Easter Road club in a three year spell, earning more than half of his 31 international caps during his time in green and white. This period also included a brace against Austria in a UEFA Euro 1996 qualifying match.
A naturally gifted two footed player, he was equally comfortable on either side of midfield. In 1996, O'Neill moved to Coventry from Hibs where he failed to make an impact, and was subsequently loaned out to both Aberdeen and Reading before joining Wigan Athletic in 1998. He returned to Scotland in 2001 to join St Johnstone.
O'Neill began his managerial career at Brechin City before plying his trade with Shamrock Rovers, guiding the Northern Irish team to the 2010 League of Ireland title, their first league championship since 1994.
Michael O'Neill was appointed the manager of Northern Ireland in December 2011, guiding his native country to their first international tournament in 30 years and their first ever European Championship in France in the summer of 2016. They would make it out of the group stage of Euro 2016 defeating Ukraine 2-0 despite losing to Poland and Germany, before they were knocked out by Wales in the round of 16 in cruel circumstances. Gareth McAuley put through his own net in a 1-0 defeat as Wales progressed to the quarter finals.
O'Neill received recognition for his achievement in the form of the BBC Sports Personality Coach of the Year Award in December 2015.
Full name Michael Andrew Martin O'Neill
Date of birth 5th July 1969
Place of birth Portadown, Northern Ireland
Height 5ft 11in