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T Fearon

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Re: Official Irish Football Association Thread (Northern Ireland)
« Reply #480 on: October 15, 2014, 10:20:07 PM »
How long will Michael O'Neill (the man with a Portadown wife!) remain in charge of an international backwater? He's bound to be attracting attention from sizeable clubs in England and elsewhere

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Re: Official Irish Football Association Thread (Northern Ireland)
« Reply #481 on: October 15, 2014, 10:24:46 PM »
How long will Michael O'Neill (the man with a Portadown wife!) remain in charge of an international backwater? He's bound to be attracting attention from sizeable clubs in England and elsewhere

Jaysus!! I remember you saying something similar about Lennon when he was at Celtic. . . he's now at bottom of the Championship Bolton!!

I'd say O'Neill is happy enough where he's at in the handy group where he's not too stretched!

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Re: Official Irish Football Association Thread (Northern Ireland)
« Reply #482 on: October 15, 2014, 10:29:20 PM »
So if an English premiership club came in for Michael O'Neill tomorrow he'd turn them down? I don't think so.

Lennon will be managing in the Premiership soon enough ;)

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Re: Official Irish Football Association Thread (Northern Ireland)
« Reply #483 on: October 15, 2014, 10:41:09 PM »
I'm sensing you are going to jump ship to the underdogs and north of Ireland side Tone !!

Michael Oneill would jump ship in a heartbeat like he did when leaving sc**bag rovers for Scotland!
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Re: Official Irish Football Association Thread (Northern Ireland)
« Reply #484 on: October 15, 2014, 10:43:10 PM »
Surely O'Neill left Scotland to join Rovers?

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Re: Official Irish Football Association Thread (Northern Ireland)
« Reply #485 on: October 15, 2014, 10:44:42 PM »
O Neill got the Northern Ireland job after his spell with Rovers in 2011, he didn't go from Rovers to Scotland.

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Re: Official Irish Football Association Thread (Northern Ireland)
« Reply #486 on: October 15, 2014, 11:25:21 PM »
So if an English premiership club came in for Michael O'Neill tomorrow he'd turn them down? I don't think so.

Lennon will be managing in the Premiership soon enough ;)

That's not what I'm saying... I'm saying no big club would be looking for him after a couple of good results for Ireland.

The same way no big Club has looked for Lennon after winning a load of trophies against non existent opposition!!

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Re: Official Irish Football Association Thread (Northern Ireland)
« Reply #487 on: October 15, 2014, 11:42:24 PM »
I'd say O'Neill would jump at any job in the Premiership tomorrow.Yes it is a shame that Lennon getting a team to last 16 of Champions League and beating Barca in the process (something that Man City haven't done and Liverpool certainly won't do this season) has been largely unrecognised in England.

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Re: Official Irish Football Association Thread (Northern Ireland)
« Reply #488 on: October 17, 2014, 11:18:24 PM »
I'd say O'Neill would jump at any job in the Premiership tomorrow.Yes it is a shame that Lennon getting a team to last 16 of Champions League and beating Barca in the process (something that Man City haven't done and Liverpool certainly won't do this season) has been largely unrecognised in England.
You're right.  Martin would be off in a shot.

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Re: Official Irish Football Association Thread (Northern Ireland)
« Reply #489 on: October 17, 2014, 11:28:15 PM »
You're not wrong.Michael must be on course to do another Sanchez and jump ship to somebody like Fulham

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Re: Official Irish Football Association Thread (Northern Ireland)
« Reply #490 on: October 17, 2014, 11:30:20 PM »
Brilliant to see NI do well.

On the downside David Healy got slapped again in the Europa.
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Re: Official Irish Football Association Thread (Northern Ireland)
« Reply #491 on: October 17, 2014, 11:58:21 PM »
Michael is a great lad. Played Gaa alongside him just before he left for Newcastle Utd. Would have just played for them on a Sat pm and would be sitting with a few of us later that night for a pint. Very down to earth and deserves to do well.

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Re: Official Irish Football Association Thread (Northern Ireland)
« Reply #492 on: October 18, 2014, 12:01:28 AM »
I'm sensing you are going to jump ship to the underdogs and north of Ireland side Tone !!

Michael Oneill would jump ship in a heartbeat like he did when leaving sc**bag rovers for Scotland!

Tony has always been a big fan of the IFA team.

He made the pilgrimage to watch them at Windsor long before he ever watched Armagh.

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Re: Official Irish Football Association Thread (Northern Ireland)
« Reply #493 on: October 18, 2014, 06:21:46 AM »
Last NI game I was at (with free tickets of course) O'Neill scored two goals in a 5-2 defeat of Austria and he was partnered in midfield by Crewe Alexandra's Neil Lennon!

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Re: Official Irish Football Association Thread (Northern Ireland)
« Reply #494 on: October 18, 2014, 09:07:21 AM »
Michael was an extraordinary talent. At 20 years of age he was playing alongside Gascoigne in midfield for Newcastle Utd. In his first season he won as many if not more of the many annual supporters clubs POTY awards. Gascoigne was a hateful towards him though, calling him a wee ira b**tard and always trying to put Mickey down. Wouldn't talk to him even.

Michaels best moment was during a vital qualifying match in Dublin. The South needed a point against the North to qualify for Italia 2000. There was little between the teams but the commentator on RTE pointed Michael O Neill out as the outstanding player on the pitch.
He practically ran the show for the North.

Shortly after that he took a severe for of glandular fever and plugged away but it really left it's mark on his career after that. If it hadn't have been for the glandular fever he could have been a superstar. Great to see an upturn in his management fortune.
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