Terry Phelan and Maurice Setters at Windsor Park. Photograph: Inpho/Billy Stickland

Northern Ireland TOMMY WRIGHT Had a stint at Manchester City before finishing his playing career at Bolton in 2001. Moved into coaching at Norwich, (...)

 Sunderland’s Darron Gibson: in 2015 he  was a mainstream Ireland international and Premier League footballer with Everton. Photograph: Getty Images

His club played on Friday night, but he was not there. His teammates trained all week, but he was not there. A brutal relegation looms, but he has not(...)

Michael O’Neill: has overseen a transformation in Northern Ireland’s fortunes since he took over at the helm. Photograph:  Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Group C: Northern Ireland v Norway, Windsor Park, Sunday, 7.45pm (Live Sky Sports 2 from 7.30pm) On the weekend of January 21st and 22nd Liverpool, (...)

Celtic fans unveil a large picture of manager Brendan Rodgers during the Uefa Champions League qualifying play-off first leg against Hapoel Be’er Sheva at Celtic Park in August. Photograph: Steve Welsh/Getty Images

Half an hour north of Glasgow the long slope of the Campsie Fells provides a spectacular backdrop to Celtic’s Lennoxtown training base. On Thursday a(...)

Northern Ireland’s Aaron Hughes leads the warm up at Saint-Georges-de-Reneins. Photograph: PA

Five years ago, Aaron Hughes had had enough. Northern Ireland were going nowhere fast: Nigel Worthington’s team had won one game in 12 months - agains(...)

Northern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill during a training session at   Parc des Princes in Paris ahed of the game against Germany. Photograph: Srdjan Suki/EPA

Northern Ireland v Germany, Parc des Princes, 5.0pm (RTÉ2, BBC1) There comes a time on the road for any emerging team or manager when a signpost co(...)

Northern Ireland’s Conor McLaughlin: “Crewe, then Lewandowski? It’ll be a big difference won’t it? Mad.”

As footnotes go, perhaps only Conor McLaughlin, his family and the Northern Ireland manager of the time, Nigel Worthington, will have jotted down this(...)

The FAI are yet to confirm if Martin O’Neill has signed a new contract. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The new €2.5 million deal secured by Michael O’Neill from the Irish Football Association, some four months after his Northern Ireland side completed (...)

Victory over Greece sent Michael O’Neill’s Northern Ireland to their first major tournament since 1986. Photograph: Getty

Even Michael O’Neill said it was “special”. He said it twice, in fact three times. There is a brilliant realism to the Northern Ireland manager but ev(...)

Northern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill. “I am extremely happy to have agreed a new two-year deal.” Photograph: William Cherry/Inpho/Presseye

Michael O’Neill has agreed a two-year extension to his contract as Northern Ireland manager, the Irish Football Association has announced.The new dea(...)

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