1v1s through the middle - Issue 22 (May 2012)
Martin O’Neill OBE joined Sunderland on December 5, 2011 – the eighth club he has taken charge of as manager.
The 60-year-old moved into the managerial hotseat for the first time with Grantham Town in 1987, though his first major achievement came at Wycombe Wanderers, for whom he clinched the Conference title and promotion to the Football League in 1993. A second successive promotion followed before moves to Norwich City and Leicester City.
At Leicester, he won the League Cup in 1997 and 2000, making the Foxes a considerable Premier League force on limited resources.
He switched to Celtic in 2000, winning six major trophies in five seasons, including three league titles. The club were also UEFA Cup runners-up in 2001.
Joining Aston Villa in 2006, he led to the Birmingham club to three sixth-placed finishes in the Premier League, along with two Wembley appearances in the League Cup and FA Cup.
As a player, O’Neill won 64 caps for Northern Ireland, and appeared at the 1982 World Cup in Spain.
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