Is Martin O’Neill the most liked manager in football?

by Mystical Mike

Friday, May 28th, 2010

Martin O’Neill – The Biography

Martin O’Neill is one of British football’s true greats. Plucked from Irish club Distillery by Nottingham Forest in 1971, the young Irishman went on an incredible football journey that saw him clash against some of the game’s biggest characters.

•    He twice won the European Cup with Forest under the enigmatic Brian Clough – though the two never saw eye-to-eye. A talented midfielder, O’Neill played for Manchester City in between spells at Norwich before ending his playing career at Notts County in 1985.

•    As the first Roman Catholic captain of his country, O’Neill marshaled Northern Ireland’s golden generation, who battled through to the quarter-finals of the World Cup in 1982, knocking out hosts Spain on the way.

•    Football was by no means the only path O’Neill could have taken. Opting for football over Gaelic football as a youth, O’Neill was then forced to curtail a law degree at Queens University Belfast to make the switch to England.

•    It was at Celtic that O’Neill would enjoy his most trophy-laden years, winning an unprecedented treble in his first year before narrowly missing out on UEFA Cup glory a year later.

•    Known during his Celtic days as ‘Martin the Magnificent’, this is the definitive biography for any football fan. This is Martin O’Neill’s remarkable true story.

Martin O’Neill – The Biography by Simon Moss is out on June 17th

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