Michael O’Neill: had written himself into cross-community folklore through the power of football – Northern Ireland qualified for their first major finals in three decades in 2016. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

One of Michael O’Neill’s final acts as Northern Ireland manager emphasises why the lure of club football was always going to prove too strong eventual(...)

George Best: produced an outstanding display to help Northern Ireland to a famous 2-2 draw in Rotterdam against a gifted Netherlands side. Photograph: Getty Images

You’ve got to love Danny Blanchflower. You have really got to love Danny Blanchflower. When it was all over, when the four goals had been scored and (...)

Northern Ireland’s  Jonny Evans and manager Michael O’Neill at a press conference in  Minsk, Belarus. Photograph:   Presseye/William Cherry/Inpho

Michael O’Neill wants his Northern Ireland side to pile the pressure on the Netherlands by beating Belarus in Tuesday’s Euro 2020 qualifier in Borisov(...)

Republic of Ireland’s Darren Randolph applauds the fans after the game. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

The timing of the match couldn’t have been better, on such a slow news week we’d have had nothing else to be talking about. And while our mid-Novemb(...)

 Michael O’Neill: “At this moment in time Kyle Lafferty has chosen to make himself unavailable.” Photograph: Matt Mackey/Inpho/Presseye

Northern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill has left the door open for Kyle Lafferty to return to international football but made it clear he is deeply u(...)

Chris Coleman: The Football Association of Wales wants to retain him as manager,  but he would first need to secure certain commitments. Photograph: Matthew Childs/Reuters

Chris Coleman is the latest international manager on Sunderland’s radar after Michael O’Neill rejected their advances. As his Wales tenure approached(...)

Northern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill: “I see an assurance in the players and a self-belief that has grown over a period of three to four years.” Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Michael O’Neill has prepared another motivational video for Northern Ireland’s World Cup play-off, but believes painful memories of how international (...)

Michael O’Neill: his side have kept seven clean sheets in their qualifying group and haven’t lost a competitive game at home in four years. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Imagese

Such is Michael O’Neill’s respect for Germany, who have not lost an away World Cup qualifier in 83 years, that he organised a 10 v six training sessi(...)

Manager Michael O’Neill admitted Aaron Hughes may also miss the play-offs were Northern Ireland to reach them. Photograph: William Cherry/Inpho

Aaron Hughes has been ruled out of Northern Ireland’s final two World Cup qualifiers this week, and would be a doubt were they to make the play-offs n(...)

Northern Ireland’s Jonny Evans celebrates scoring his team’s first goal. Photograph: Reuters

Northern Ireland 2 Czech Republic 0 Five minutes from the end of a euphoric occasion at Windsor Park, Michael O’Neill, a man who detests the showbusi(...)

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