Martin O'Neill

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Martin O'Neill
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Martin O'Neill (2007)
Surname Martin Hugh Michael O'Neill
birthday March 1, 1952
place of birth KilreaNorthern Ireland
position midfield
Years station
1969-1971 Derry City
Years station Games (goals) 1
1971 Lisburn Distillery 7 0(3)
1971-1981 Nottingham Forest 285 (48)
1981 Norwich City 11 0(1)
1981-1982 Manchester City 13 0(0)
1982-1983 Norwich City 55 (11)
1983-1985 Notts County 64 0(5)
National team
Years selection Games (goals)
1971-1984 Northern Ireland 64 0(8)
Stations as a trainer
Years station
1987-1989 Grantham Town
1989 Shepshed Charterhouse
1990-1995 Wycombe Wanderers
1995 Norwich City
1995-2000 Leicester City
2000-2005 Celtic Glasgow
2006-2010 Aston Villa
2011-2013 Sunderland AFC
2013-2018 Ireland
2019 Nottingham Forest
1 Only league games are given.

Martin Hugh Michael O'Neill (born March 1, 1952 in Kilrea , Northern Ireland ) is a former Northern Irish football player who was also the captain of his country's national team . He then worked as trainer clubs such as Leicester City , Celtic , Aston Villa and Sunderland AFC . From 2013 to 2018 he coached the Irish national team .


O'Neill played in addition to traditional soccer - in the UK also called "Association Football" - in his youth also Gaelic football and won the 1970 MacRory Cup for St. Malachy's College in Belfast . He first drew attention as a footballer when he played for "Distillery" (now known as " Lisburn Distillery "). He opposed a rule of the Gaelic Football Association "GAA" ( Gaelic Athletic Association ), which forbade participation in "foreign sports". The resulting dispute increased O'Neill's level of awareness further. After graduating from St. Columb's College in Derry , he began studying law at Queen's University of Belfast . During this time he was discovered by a talent scout from Nottingham Forest , where he then signed a contract in 1971 and finished his studies. He studied further at Nottingham University, from which he received his diploma (BA).

Player career

O'Neill initially developed very slowly in Nottingham. This changed fundamentally when the legendary Brian Clough took over as coach at City Ground Stadium in 1975 . As a key player in midfield , O'Neill accompanied the best time of the club, which began with the rise from the second-rate Second Division to the first-class First Division and continued with winning the English championship and the League Cup in 1978. This development was crowned in the following years, when Nottingham with O'Neill was able to win the European Cup in 1978/79 and 1979/80 and again in 1979 the league cup. After a less good season in the First Division, O'Neill moved to Norwich City in 1981 .

For the Northern Irish national team he made a total of 64 international matches - in which he scored eight goals - and led his team as team captain to the 1982 World Cup in Spain , where they surprisingly beat the hosts in Valencia . At club level he later played for Norwich City , Manchester City , Notts County , Chesterfield FC and Fulham FC for mostly a short time before ending his active football career in 1985.

Coaching career

O'Neill began his first coaching activity in 1987 at "Grantham Town". After another short stay at "Shepshed Charterhouse", he looked after an ambitious amateur club with the Wycombe Wanderers , which he led into professional football in 1993 - after an exciting and sometimes unfair championship fight against the Colchester United , trained by Roy McDonough . He later briefly took over the helm of Norwich City, but resigned before the effects of his work could show.

For the second half of the 1995/96 season he was signed by Leicester City . With his new club, he rose in the first season via the play-off games in the Premier League and held the club in the top half of the English top division the following year. Further successes for O'Neill were the two league cup wins with Leicester in 1997 and 2000. During this time he was on the verge of a move to Leeds United , which ultimately did not materialize, which may also be due to a broad-based campaign by the Leicester Trailer ("Don't go Martin!") Was due.

In 2000, O'Neill finally left Leicester and took over as the successor to John Barnes and Kenny Dalglish as coach at Celtic Glasgow. He immediately won the "triple" of the Scottish Championship, Scottish FA Cup and Scottish League Cup and reached the final of the UEFA Cup with Celtic . He won three championships with Celtic Glasgow in his five coaching years, three Scottish cup trophies a league cup, which he had collected with seven titles as many titles as his main competitor Alex McLeish of the Glasgow Rangers. His old club Leicester City rose twice from the Premier League after leaving.

Throughout O'Neill's time in Glasgow, in the event of a vacancy, he was regularly associated with a possible coaching employment in the Premier League. The surprise was all the greater when, at the end of the 2004/05 season - after the cup final against Dundee United - he left his job at Celtic to devote himself to his wife Geraldine, who was suffering from malignant lymphoma .

As of June 2006, rumors of a new job for O'Neill increased. He was traded as the successor to Guus Hiddink as the Australian national coach and by Sven-Göran Eriksson as the English coach, with Steve McClaren being chosen in the second case and O'Neill subsequently expressed his regret that he had not received an offer. Also at Newcastle United and Middlesbrough FC he was a possible candidate for the vacant position, which in the case of Middlesbrough failed because O'Neill was only willing to work four days a week. He was signed by Aston Villa in August 2006 after working as an expert on the BBC during the 2006 World Cup . On August 9, 2010, he resigned as head coach of Aston Villa.

After more than a year without a coaching post, O'Neill succeeded the dismissed Steve Bruce at the English first division club AFC Sunderland on December 3, 2011 . After the 1-0 defeat against Manchester United , he was dismissed on March 30, 2013, as the lead on the first relegation place was only one point and the team had only two points from the last eight Premier League games.

In November 2013, O'Neill became the coach of the Irish national team. With her he qualified for the European Championship 2016 , where they reached the second round. After relegation from League B of the UEFA Nations League in November 2018, O'Neill and the Irish federation announced their split. In January 2019, O'Neill took over as the successor to Aitor Karanka as coach at his former club Nottingham Forest , which at that time was ninth in the Football League Championship . After he failed to reach the play-off places, where he was four points behind when he took over and eight points at the end of the season, he was dismissed six months after taking office in the summer break of 2019 and replaced by Sabri Lamouchi .

useful information

O'Neill is closely following major criminal cases, attending some of Britain's most notorious trials, including the Yorkshire Ripper and Donald Neilson cases . According to his own admission, his fascination began in 1961 with the fall of James Hanratty .

In 2004 O'Neill was awarded the Order of the British Empire as "OBE" for his services to sport . In July 2017 he was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Ulster .


as a player
  • European champion cup: 1979, 1980
  • Supercup winner: 1980
  • English champion: 1978
  • English league cup winner: 1978, 1979
as a trainer

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. "O'Neill will lose out again, says old sparring partner"
  2. Martin O'Neill resigns as Aston Villa manager (BBC Sport)
  3. Martin O'Neill named Sunderland manager (BBC Sport)
  4. Sunderland throws O'Neill out (kicker)
  5. Martin O'Neill and Roy Keane leave Ireland posts after FAI talks. In: The Telegraph. November 21, 2018, accessed November 21, 2018 .
  6. Martin O'Neill: Nottingham Forest name club legend as manager (Jan 15, 2019) , accessed Jan 15, 2019
  7. Sabri Lamouchi: Nottingham Forest appoint Frenchman 18 minutes after sacking Martin O'Neill (June 28, 2019) , accessed June 29, 2019
  8. Michael and Martin O'Neill receive honorary degrees at Ulster University graduations. Belfast Telegraph, July 4th 2017, retrieved the same day. (English)