Tuesday 27 September 2016

Lennon hails O'Neill influence

Published 27/01/2016 | 02:30

Bolton manager Neil Lennon has hailed Martin O’Neill as the best manager he ever played under. Photo: Getty
Bolton manager Neil Lennon has hailed Martin O’Neill as the best manager he ever played under. Photo: Getty

Former Northern Ireland midfielder Neil Lennon has hailed Martin O'Neill as the best manager he ever played under.

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Bolton boss Lennon was speaking at Monday night's Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards where O'Neill, who captained the Northern Ireland team at the 1982 World Cup finals, was inducted into the newspaper's Hall of Fame.

"Martin was the best manager I played under. No doubt about it," said Lennon. "As a motivator he was fantastic and technically and tactically he was very astute.

"What Martin did at Leicester and Celtic was outstanding. It was great to play in his teams.

"He was a great player and he went on to become a great manager. His record is superb and he continues to impress.

"Taking the Republic of Ireland to Euro 2016 was another great achievement."

Irish Independent

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