Martin O'Neill

Martin O'Neill
Martin O'Neill (cropped).jpg
O'Neill as Sunderland manager in 2012
Personal information
Full name Martin Hugh Michael O'Neill[1]
Date of birth (1952-03-01) 1 March 1952 (age 69)[2]
Place of birth Kilrea, Northern Ireland
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)[3]
Position(s) Midfielder[2]
Youth career
1969–1971 Derry City
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1971 Distillery 7 (3)
1971–1981 Nottingham Forest 285 (48)
1981 Norwich City 11 (1)
1981–1982 Manchester City 13 (0)
1982–1983 Norwich City 55 (11)
1983–1984 Notts County 64 (5)
1984 Chesterfield 0 (0)
1985 Fulham[4] 0 (0)
Total 435 (68)
National team
1971–1984 Northern Ireland 64 (8)
Teams managed
1987–1989 Grantham Town
1989 Shepshed Charterhouse
1990–1995 Wycombe Wanderers
1995 Norwich City
1995–2000 Leicester City
2000–2005 Celtic
2006–2010 Aston Villa
2011–2013 Sunderland
2013–2018 Republic of Ireland
2019 Nottingham Forest
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Martin Hugh Michael O'Neill, OBE (born 1 March 1952) is a Northern Irish professional football manager and former player who played as a midfielder.

Starting his career in Northern Ireland, O'Neill moved to England where he spent most of his playing career with Nottingham Forest, with whom he won the European Cup twice, in 1979 and 1980. He was capped 64 times for the Northern Ireland national football team, also captaining the side at the 1982 World Cup.

O'Neill has managed Grantham Town, Wycombe Wanderers, Norwich City, Leicester City, Celtic, Aston Villa and Sunderland. He guided Leicester City to the Football League Cup final three times, winning twice. As Celtic manager between 2000 and 2005, he led that club to seven trophies including three Scottish Premier League titles and the 2003 UEFA Cup Final. After joining Aston Villa he achieved three consecutive sixth-place finishes in the English Premier League and guided them to the 2010 Football League Cup Final.

He became Republic of Ireland manager in 2013 and led them to qualification for the 2016 UEFA European Championship for the third time in the nation's history, beating the reigning world champions, Germany in the process.[5] He left the role with assistant Roy Keane by "mutual agreement" in November 2018.[6] He was appointed as Nottingham Forest manager in January 2019 but left six months later.

Early life and Gaelic football career

O'Neill was born in Kilrea,[7] County Derry,



  1. ^ "Order of the British Empire: K-Z". BBC News. 31 December 2003. Retrieved 9 August 2010.
  2. ^ a b "Martin O'Neill". Barry Hugman's Footballers. Retrieved 9 June 2019.
  3. ^ "Martin O'Neill". Retrieved 7 September 2014.
  4. ^ "Martin O'Neill". Flown From The Nest. Retrieved 7 September 2014.
  5. ^ Spellman, Damian (16 November 2015). "Republic of Ireland qualify for Euro 2016". Evening Standard. Retrieved 8 April 2017.
  6. ^ "Martin O'Neill and Roy Keane leave Ireland jobs by mutual agreement". RTÉ Sport. 21 November 2018. Retrieved 21 November 2018.
  7. ^ Said by O'Neill during lecture on theme of "What it means to be Irish Archived 26 August 2014 at the Wayback Machine", part of the Ireland Of Tomorrow – A Presidential Lecture Series Archived 18 January 2009 at the Wayback Machine (first broadcast on RTÉ Radio on 31 December 2008)
  8. ^ "Manager profile: Martin O'Neill". Premier League. Retrieved 15 September 2018.
  9. ^ a b Cite error: The named reference nifg was invoked but never defined (see the help page).

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