23 Facts About Martin O'Neill

1. Martin O'Neill was awarded the Nottingham Lifetime Achievement Award on 3 November 2013 for his services to football and achievements with Nottingham Forest.

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2. Martin O'Neill was awarded an OBE for services to sport in 2004.

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3. In January 2018, Martin O'Neill signed a new two-year contract with the FAI after previously verbally agreeing to the contract in October 2017.

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4. Martin O'Neill was joined by former team captain Roy Keane as his assistant manager.

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5. Martin O'Neill was confirmed as the new Republic of Ireland national football team manager on 5 November 2013.

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6. On 3 December 2011, Martin O'Neill signed a three-year contract with the Premier League club Sunderland, the team he had supported as a boy.

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7. On his departure Martin O'Neill said "I have enjoyed my time at Aston Villa immensely.

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8. On 9 August 2010, Martin O'Neill resigned as manager of Aston Villa with immediate effect.

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9. Martin O'Neill was introduced as the Aston Villa manager at a press conference on 4 August 2006.

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10. On 25 May 2005, Celtic announced that Martin O'Neill would resign as manager to care for his wife Geraldine, who had lymphoma.

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11. Martin O'Neill was then touted as a potential successor to Alex Ferguson, who had announced he was to leave Manchester United in 2002.

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12. Martin O'Neill won the British Home Championship twice as a player, in 1980 and 1984.

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13. Martin O'Neill was a regular for Northern Ireland, captaining the side at the 1982 World Cup in Spain which reached the second group stage and included defeating the host nation in Valencia.

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14. Martin O'Neill attempted to make a comeback in 1984 with Chesterfield, but only played part of a reserve game before being forced off with a knee injury after 20 minutes.

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15. Martin O'Neill was dropped to the substitutes bench for Forest's first European Cup victory over Malmo in 1979 after failing to fully recover from an injury, but he played in their 1980 win over Hamburg.

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16. Martin O'Neill went on to make a total of 17 league appearances that season, scoring twice, but couldn't prevent his side's relegation from the First Division in 1972.

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17. Martin O'Neill went on to play an integral role in Forest's golden era.

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18. Martin O'Neill signed for Nottingham Forest in October 1971, leaving Distillery for a transfer fee of £15,000 and quitting his studies in law at the Queen's University of Belfast.

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19. Martin O'Neill was the sixth child of nine siblings, and has four brothers and four sisters.

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20. Martin O'Neill left the role with assistant Roy Keane by "mutual agreement" in November 2018.

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21. Martin O'Neill became Republic of Ireland national football team 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.

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22. Martin O'Neill guided Leicester City to the Football League Cup final three times, winning twice.

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23. Martin O'Neill was capped 64 times for the Northern Ireland national football team, captaining the side at the 1982 World Cup.

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