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Sunday, 4 March 2012

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Northern Irish football was thrown into scandal last night after it turned out they might just possibly have accidentally appointed the wrong M.O'Neil as manager.

Michael O'Neill was given the job on December 28th 2011, the week between Christmas and New Year, and it appears the committee members had been at the Guinness and rum over the Xmas holidays.

They probably thought they were appointing Martin O'Neill the former Celtic and Aston Villa boss, who actually took over as Sunderland boss in November.

Michael O'Neill was appointed manager of Shamrock Rovers in 2009 after two years as Brechin City boss. He was the first manager to guide a League of Ireland team to the Europa League group stages, and his last game as boss was in that competition against Tottenham Hotspur.

At the time of he appointment former boss Lawrie Sanchez suggested that O'Neill was the outsider. "Jim Magilton and Iain Dowie had been touted heavily for the post by the Irish press but the IFA have surprised everybody by appointing Michael to do the job".

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