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Thursday 24 April 2014

Martin O'Neill factfile

Incognit O'Neill: Mysterious Martin, the next Ireland manager
Incognit O'Neill: Mysterious Martin, the next Ireland manager

1952: Born Kilrea in Northern Ireland, March 1.

1971: Makes international debut as a substitute against the USSR. Joins Nottingham Forest from Distillery in October.

1978: Member of Forest's league and League Cup double-winning side.

1979: Wins a second League Cup winner's medal as Forest retain trophy with 3-2 victory over Southampton.

1980: Wins European Cup as Forest beat German champions Hamburg 1-0 in Madrid.

1981: After 285 league appearances for Forest, with 48 goals, joins Norwich in February for the first of two spells as a player at Carrow Road. After 11 league appearances and one goal transfers to Manchester City.

1982: Returns to Norwich in January after playing just 13 league games for City. Makes 55 league appearances, scoring 11 goals.

1983: Returns to Nottingham in August, joining Notts County, making 64 league appearances with five goals.

1984: Wins last of 64 international caps in 2-1 win over Finland.

1990: Appointed manager of non-league Wycombe after spells with Stamford and Shepshed Charterhouse.

1991: Guides Wycombe to victory in the FA Trophy.

1993: Wycombe win GM Vauxhall Conference, securing promotion to the Football League. Clinches another FA Trophy success.

1994: Leads Wycombe to promotion from Division Three at the first attempt.

1995: Becomes manager of Norwich in June.

Resigns on December 17 after a series of clashes with chairman Robert Chase over money for team building. Appointed manager of Leicester on December 21.

1996: Leicester beat Crystal Palace 2-1 at Wembley in the First Division play-off final, winning promotion back to the Premiership at first attempt.

1997: Wins Coca-Cola Cup final, beating Middlesbrough in a replay at Hillsborough.

Guides Leicester to ninth-place finish in Premiership.

1998: Finishes 10th in Premiership with the Foxes but O'Neill frequently voices concern over lack of funds.

1999: Leads Leicester to Worthington Cup final, where they are beaten by Tottenham, and to 10th place in the Premiership.

2000: February - Leads Leicester to another Worthington Cup win as they defeat Tranmere 2-1 at Wembley.

June 1 - Becomes Celtic manager.

2001: March - Wins first trophy in Scotland with a 3-0 CIS Insurance Cup final victory over Kilmarnock.

April - Celtic win Scottish Premier League title.

May - Beat Hibernian 3-0 to win Scottish Cup final and complete a domestic treble.

2002: April - Celtic secure the Scottish Premier League title again with a 5-1 win over Livingston.

May - Celtic lose 3-2 in extra time to Porto - managed by Jose Mourinho - in UEFA Cup final in Seville.

Celtic lose SPL title to Rangers on thrilling final day.

2004: April 18 - Regains SPL title with 1-0 win at Kilmarnock with six games to spare.

May 22 - Earns second double in four years with 3-1 win over Dunfermline in Scottish Cup final.

July - Delays arrival in America for pre-season trip to care for sick wife, Geraldine.

2005: May 22 - Two late goals see Celtic lose 2-1 at Motherwell - and O'Neill's hopes of a fourth title in five years disappear as Rangers win 1-0 at Hibernian.

May 25 - Club announce O'Neill will step down after Scottish Cup final.

May 28 - Ends career at Celtic with 1-0 win over Dundee United in Scottish Cup final at Hampden Park.

July 4 - Confirmed as manager of Aston Villa.

2007: May - Villa finish 11th in Premier League.

Following departure of Steve McClaren rules himself out of England job.

2008: May - Villa finish sixth in Premier League.

2009: May 2 - Villa finish sixth again, a run of nine games without a win costing them Champions League place.

August 27 - Fails to take Villa to the group stages of the Europa League following a 2-2 aggregate draw with Rapid Vienna. Rapid progress on away goals.

2010: February 28 - Reaches his first final with Villa - but they lose the Carling Cup 2-1 to Manchester United.

April 10 - Villa lose 3-0 to Chelsea in the FA Cup semi-final.

May - Villa finish sixth in the Premier League for a third successive year.

August 9 - Villa announce O'Neill has resigned as manager with immediate effect.

2011: November 18 - Rules himself out of the Northern Ireland manager's job, but agrees to help find the new man.

December 3 - Appointed manager of Sunderland, the team he supported as a boy, on a three-year contract.

Leads Sunderland away from trouble by guiding them to a 13th place finish in the Premier League.

2013: March 30 - Leaves Sunderland after a 1-0 home defeat against Manchester United leaves the team one point above the relegation zone

November 5: Appointed new Ireland manager

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