Michael O’Neill made 31 appearances for Northern Ireland during his playing career
Northern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill is taking a Masters degree in sports directorship, a qualification usually acquired by those operating in the business end of football.
O’Neill, who quit a job in finance to reinvent his football management career, currently tops a Euro Qualifiers group that includes Netherlands and Germany and has spent recent months balancing his self-funded studies with plotting how to stay at the summit before facing the heavyweights later this year.
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The former midfielder travels to Manchester on a bi-weekly basis with the end goal being awarded a qualification from a course previously taken by England’s director of cricket Ashley Giles, Rangers director of football Mark Allen and Red Bull racing’s former performance director James De Mountfort.



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