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Michael O'Neill
Personal information
Full name Michael Andrew Martin O'Neill
Date of birth July 5, 1969 (1969-07-05) (age 40)
Place of birth    Portadown, Northern Ireland
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current club Shamrock Rovers (Manager)
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*

1984–1987
1987–1989
1989–1993
1993–1996
1996–1998
1998
1998
1998–2000
2000–2001
2001
2001–2002
2002–2004
2004
Chimney Corner
Coleraine
Newcastle United
Dundee United
Hibernian
Coventry City
Aberdeen (loan)
Reading (loan)
Wigan Athletic
St Johnstone
Portland Timbers
Clydebank
Glentoran
Ayr United

18 0(4)
48 (15)
64 (11)
97 (19)
05 0(0)
06 0(0)
09 0(1)
66 0(2)
09 0(0)
22 0(5)
19 0(4)
44 0(4)
02 0(0)   
National team
1988–1996
1994
Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland U21
33 0(7)
01 0(0)
Teams managed
2006–2008
2009–
Brechin City
Shamrock Rovers

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only.
* Appearances (Goals)

Michael Andrew Martin O'Neill (born 5 July 1969 in Portadown, County Armagh) is a former Northern Irish international association football player, who is now the manager of Shamrock Rovers.[1]

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Playing career

O'Neill played as a midfielder or forward for Chimney Corner, Coleraine, Newcastle, Dundee United, Hibs, Coventry City, Aberdeen (on loan), Reading (on loan), Wigan, St Johnstone, Portland Timbers, Clydebank, Glentoran and Ayr United.

At international level he played 33 games for Northern Ireland, scoring 7 times, including 2 in a 5-3 win over Austria, where he also hit the post and was desperately unlucky not to get a hat-trick.

Managing career

He began management as assistant at Cowdenbeath before becoming manager of Scottish side Brechin City in April 2006. He won the Irn-Bru Second Division Manager of the Month award in both December 2007[2] and October 2008.[3]

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Shamrock Rovers

O'Neill was released by Brechin City to join Shamrock Rovers on 13 December 2008.[4] Michael was awarded the Irish Soccer Writers Manager of the Month award for July 2009. He has been a revelation at the club, signing the league's top scorer Gary Twigg and he guided them to second place, their best finish in years, and the prospect of Europa League football next year.

At the press conference when unveiled as Rovers manager, he cited Gordon Strachan as his main managerial influence.[5]

Honours

References


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