LONDON: The League Managers Association has appointed Martin O’Neill as new chair to succeed Howard Wilkinson who retires at the end of this season.
 
O’Neill began his playing career in Northern Ireland before moving to England in 1971 where he spent most of his playing career with Nottingham Forest, twice winning the European Cup under legendary manager Brian Clough.

Additionally, he was capped sixty-four times for Northern Ireland including captaining the side at the 1982 World Cup.

As a manager, O’Neill managed more than 1,000 games.

His management career started at Grantham Town before moving on to Wycombe Wanderers, Norwich City, Leicester City, Celtic, Aston Villa and Sunderland. He took Leicester City from the Football League to the Premier League and guided the club to the Football League Cup Final three times, winning twice.

As Celtic manager, he won seven trophies including three Scottish Premier League titles and led them to the 2003 UEFA Cup Final. After joining Aston Villa he achieved three consecutive sixth-place finishes in the English Premier League, qualifying for Europe and guiding them to the 2010 Football League Cup Final.

He became Republic of Ireland manager in 2013, leading them, in 2016, to qualification for the UEFA European Championship for only the third time in the nation’s history, beating Germany the reigning world champions in the process.

He said: “The support I have received from the LMA throughout my time as a manager has been hugely important to me and I am delighted to have the opportunity to give something back to the association.”

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