Martin O'Neill OBE

O'Neill has won eight major trophies and three promotions in a managerial career spanning 26 years.

A double European Cup ( Now called the Champions League) winner with Brian Clough's Nottingham Forest as a player, the Irishman is renowned for his  inspirational style of leadership and man management. As a player, O'Neill won 64 caps for Northern Ireland and captained his country at the 1982 World Cup

Having built on the foundations of a non-league apprenticeship with Grantham, Shepshed Charterhouse, O'Neill then joined Wycombe Wanderers where he won the FA Trophy and promotion to the League as Conference champions in 1993.

Wycombe were promoted again the following season before O'Neill arrived at Leicester City via a brief spell with Norwich City. During his first season in charge O'Neill earned Leicester City promotion to the Premier League and Leicester City never finished below the top half of the Premier League during the rest of Martin's four-and-a-half year reign.

Leicester also enjoyed a virtual monopoly on the League Cup, winning it twice - in 1997 and 2000 - and being runners-up in between.

In June 2000 O'Neill moved to Glasgow to manage Celtic at a time when Rangers FC were the dominant force in Scottish football. O‘Neill reversed that domination by winning six major trophies in five seasons as Celtic manager - three league titles, two Scottish Cups and the League Cup.

Celtic won the domestic treble in 2001 and were UEFA Cup runners-up two years later, losing to Jose Mourinho's Porto in the final.

O'Neill joined Aston Villa in August 2006 and stabilised the club in his first season, finishing sixth in his second season after amassing 60 points, the club's highest tally for 11 years. They also scored 71 goals during the season which was their best tally since the League title win in 1981. Villa then qualified for Europe through the InterToto Cup.

In 2008/09, Villa again finished 6th with 62 points, 2 more points than they finished with the previous season.

Once again, Villa finished 6th in 2009/10 for the 3rd season running, again improving their points tally finishing with 64 points. O'Neill also led the club to their first cup final in 10 years in the Carling Cup where they would narrowly miss out to Manchester United. It was the first of two Wembley appearances that season with the other being a FA Cup semi-final defeat to eventual winners, Chelsea.

On August 9th 2010, Martin O'Neill left Aston Villa. On his departure, O'Neill was the 11th longest serving manager in English football.

In December 2011 O'Neill embarked upon his next club management position with Sunderland. He made an instant impact at the North East club and was awarded the Barclays Manager of the Month award for December.

Prior to being appointed as manager of the Republic of Ireland O'Neill had established a reputation as an engaging television pundit as well as an active member of the League Managers Association.

Honours (18)
  • personal-awards
    • Sunderland:
      • Manager of the Month, Premier League, (2011-12-01)
    • Aston Villa:
      • Manager of the Month, Premier League, (2010-04-01)
      • Manager of the Month, Premier League, (2008-12-01)
      • Manager of the Month, Premier League, (2007-11-01)
      • Manager of the Month, Premier League, (2007-04-01)
  • domestic-trophies
    • Celtic:
      • Scottish Cup Winners, (2004-05-22)
      • Scottish Cup Winners, (2001-05-26)
      • Scottish League Cup Winners, (2001-03-18)
    • Leicester City:
      • League Cup Winners, (2000-05-27)
      • League Cup Winners, (1997-04-06)
    • Wycombe Wanderers:
      • FA Trophy Winners, (1993-05-09)
      • FA Trophy Winners, (1991-05-11)
  • league-titles
    • Celtic:
      • Scottish Premier League Champions, (2004-05-02)
      • Scottish Premier League Champions, (2002-05-30)
      • Scottish Premier League Champions, (2001-04-07)
    • Wycombe Wanderers:
      • Conference Champions, (1993-05-30)
  • european-trophies
    • Celtic:
      • UEFA Cup Runners-Up, (2003-05-21)
  • promotions
    • Wycombe Wanderers:
      • Promotion to Endsleigh Football League Division Two, (1994-05-07)
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