4 January 2012 Last updated at 18:37

O'Neill's meteoric rise to NI hotseat

BBC Sport NI charts the rise of Michael O'Neill from Irish League player to Northern Ireland manager.

O'Neill began his playing career with Coleraine and went on to win 22 caps, turning out for a number of professional clubs such as Hibernian, Dundee United and Newcastle United.

His has since gained managerial experience at Brechin City and Shamrock Rovers.