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Org Northern Ireland National Team
Club as Coach Stoke City [Head Coach]

2015 10 11 Retrieve

[Northern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill’s one regret from the night that Northern Ireland qualified for UEFA EURO 2016] As soon as I stuck my thumb up, the Greeks scored. So that will never, ever happen again. It’s not in my make-up to be like that. The supporters were singing for me to give a wave. Personally, I hate that

2016 06 18 Retrieve

[Northern Ireland coach Michael O’Neill on his recruiting tactics] We are a country with less than 40 professional players to choose from. I’ve been everywhere looking for players: Fleetwood Town, Burton Albion, Doncaster, Luton, Morecambe. At times, it is not the most glamorous

2017 11 04 Retrieve

[Michael O’Neill speaks ahead of his nation’s two-legged World Cup qualifying play-off against Switzerland] We have a very humble squad. The Northern Ireland team has a great humility about it and players who have played from a young age together. We have a strong team spirit, a really good work ethic. We have some very good players, but our togetherness is our strength

2018 02 10 Retrieve

[Michael O’Neill speaking after signing a four-year contract extension] It would have been wonderful to go to the World Cup, no doubt about that, and this contract will give me the opportunity to have another go at that

2019 11 22 Retrieve

[Northern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill was puzzled as to how Serge Gnabry was deemed not good enough for the Baggies and wasn’t given enough chances to break through at Arsenal under Arsene Wenger] Gnabry’s goalscoring record is phenomenal. It’s a mystery to me how English clubs didn’t get more out of him. I’d be surprised if this Germany team doesn’t make a big impact

2019 12 27 Interview

[Michael O’Neill on the supporters, James McClean, and the relegation situation. Q: How’s the blood pressure Michael?] It was tested today, let’s just say. It was a great way to win a game, you wouldn’t want to be going through that every week. It’s days like today when you look back on the season and maybe say it was a bit of a turning point

I thought we deserved to win the game, I don’t think there’s any doubt about that, but we put ourselves in a difficult position again which is something we have a little bit of a habit of doing. But the character of the players was immense and the atmosphere in the stadium was fantastic as well

[Q: You made two inspired substitutions?] Yeah, you roll the dice at that time. We felt when we put Ty (Campbell) on he was the right option at that time

Lee Gregory had put a huge amount of work in for the team and Ty is a great finisher and he’s shown that this week, particularly in training

Sam Vokes was only passed fit this morning. He missed training yesterday and the day before because of an illness

So great for him because when you come here with the big reputation Sam’s had, and people are expecting you to score goals, and maybe it just hasn’t gone as he’d have liked, every goal’s important and maybe that can build his confidence because he has a lot to offer

The subs, it’s great when they work, but I thought today there was so many positives in the performance. Obviously Ryan (Shawcross) being back. McClean, again, I thought was magnificent. James, really, I had ruled him out after the Middlesbrough game, but James being James came in

Some players at this time of year don’t mind having a niggle, but James made sure he did everything possible to be able to play and he showed that today

Every time he stretched his hamstring I thought we were going to have to take him off, but again he goes the 90 minutes and epitomises all the good characteristics in the dressing room.

[Q: It’s Fulham away next?] Yes. We’ve just played the third in the league and Fulham were in the top six, so it will be difficult and away from home. We have two away games now, can we pick points up? We’ll not be back here until January 11 and if we can add points to what we have now… then we have a massive game here against Millwall

Today was important because without knowing too much about it, clearly over the last couple of seasons maybe the relationship between the team and the fans has not been great and we have to re-build that

There’s a responsibility on us, the players and the staff, because the fans will play a massive part in the remaining 22 games this season and if you can send them away like today, then I know the benefit of that.

It was a very similar situation with Northern Ireland and it took us a long time to win, but when we did and got that atmosphere in the stadium we felt we were capable of beating anyone and that’s something we want to re-create here because they’ve had that here in the past

[Q: You’re now out of the bottom three?] Yes, but I haven’t focused much on the league table. I think it’s good psychologically for the players, but the main thing for me is to get that consistency, confidence and momentum into the team

That nine games we’ve had, we’ve won four, we’ve lost four and drawn one, so that’s relatively decent form in the Championship. But the games we lost, on two or three occasions we could have possibly taken something from them

[Q: Any injuries heading to Fulham?] I’m sure James will be fine. It’s going to take a lot to stop him playing. He crashed into a tackle there at the end as well and still managed to take the corner. Him and Sam Clucas have been our major worries. Sam Clucas has had to be nursed since I came in after injuring his foot in the Barnsley game and he’s still carrying that injury. You saw the incident with the penalty, it was on that injury. They are two very important players for us and we have to make sure they are fit because they’ve contributed an awful lot since I came in

[Q: James gets some hard treatment of away fans?] James is pretty thick skinned, so there’s no concerns about that, and you want people in the trenches with you and he’s certainly one of those you want in the trenches with you

2020 04 22 Retrieve

[Michael O’Neill steps down from from Northern Ireland job] After careful consideration and following discussions with the Irish FA, I feel it is only fair that now is the right time for me to step aside. I would have loved the opportunity to manage Northern Ireland in the Euro 2020 play-off game versus Bosnia-Herzegovina and the chance to qualify for another major tournament, but the current situation means that this is no longer possible. It was important to leave the association and team in the strongest possible shape in order to not only have the best chance of qualifying for Euro 2021, but allow the new manager time to build upon the success that we have had during my eight-year tenure

It has been an honour and an enormous privilege to have had the opportunity to manage my country and I will treasure my time as manager of Northern Ireland forever. Throughout my time here, I have been fortunate to have worked with many great coaching, medical and support staff who have all contributed to our successes and shared in some great moments. As for my players, past and present, I would like to thank them all for an overwhelming level of commitment and professionalism that has helped to deliver so many unforgettable highs and great experiences for us all

2020 06 27 Retrieve

[Neil Warnock enjoyed a perfect return to management as Middlesbrough swept aside fellow Championship strugglers Stoke 2-0] We just made things too difficult for ourselves too often. We knew what to expect from Neil’s team beforehand but we struggled to deal with them

We’re in a situation now, too close to the bottom three, but I’ve never thought the job was done here. I don’t think we’ve been more than three points above the bottom three all season. Results like this brings that situation right into sharp focus for everyone again

2020 06 30 Retrieve

[Wigan made it nine matches unbeaten, and seven clean sheets in a row, with a 3-0 thumping of Championship strugglers Stoke] It was a poor performance, poor attitude for the game, poor appetite for the game. Clearly the hungrier side won, the better team won. It’s probably the worst performance we’ve had since I’ve been here and a real concern given where we are at this stage of the season. All we can do is continue to work with the players, this is the group of players we have

Do we change the system to keep us more solid defensively and give us a bit more of a threat? But tonight we were just second best all over the pitch and that’s just an individual thing. You have to have the courage to play, and you have to have respect for your team-mates and your club to play. We didn’t show any of that tonight. I can’t take any positives out of that, none. I thought Sam Vokes was our best player, but in terms of a supporting cast, there was very little

2020 07 04 Retrieve

[Stoke climbed out of the relegation zone after a thumping 4-0 win over fellow strugglers Barnsley] Tyrese is a great finisher. If you are a good finisher you have to get in the positions and he did that today. He’s not looked the same since he came back, but today he was excellent and did a lot of good work

He is a young player who is still developing. When he is in that mood, defenders are frightened at this level. It’s nice he got the two goals, but he has to keep going now. I am delighted with the result. We had the right intensity in our play, that was the message we hammered home during the week

2020 07 12 Retrieve

[Stoke eased their relegation worries with a comfortable 2-0 win over fellow strugglers Birmingham] I don’t feel we are there yet. We have to get as much as we can out of the final three games, but it’s nice to get to a point where you think another result will be enough. It is about trying to win the next game and if we do that we will put even more distance between us and the other teams and that is our objective

Today was a good performance and we hope for that in the remaining three games. We have worked hard on set-pieces and it was good to get another goal from one today. We still have to work on it and improve on them, but we always look a threat at corners

2020 07 15 Retrieve

[Stoke inched towards Championship safety with a 1-1 draw at Ashton Gate that did little for Bristol City’s play-off prospects] It goes a long way (to safety) but it does not make it mathematically certain. We are not getting carried away but it was the least we deserved. We won’t be celebrating. We will be relieved and make sure that it does not happen again for a club of this size. We have had a difficult season in the Championship, so going forward we have to make sure it is not repeated again next season