Mick is one of the most honest and charismatic characters in English football. He was born in Barnsley and made his league debut for Barnsley in 1977 where he made 272 appearances.

His playing career took him to Manchester City (1983-87), Celtic F.C. (1987-1989), Olympique Lyonnais (1989-90) and Millwall F.C. He made his international debut for Ireland in 1984. He won 57 caps up to June 1992 and was a well-respected captain. 

Mick was appointed Ireland manager in 1996 taking over from Jack Charlton, he guided Ireland to the 2002 World Cup. He left the post at the end of the tournament and was appointed to manage Sunderland and helped them in to the Premier League by winning the Championship in 2005.