Celtic legend Martin O’Neill has emerged as one a potential contender to replace Brendan Rodgers at Leicester City. The Irishman has been out of management for a few years but a report is linking the former Hoops manager as one of the favourites to replace another ex-Celt with a return to Leicester.
According to The Independent, O’Neill is under consideration by the club’s hierarchy as they look to avoid relegation this season. In doing so, they are looking for an experienced manager that can galvanise the current squad and appeal to the fans, who turned on Rodgers at the end.
As a player, O’Neill was part of the fabulous Brian Clough side that won the European Cup back to back in 1979 and 1980. The 70-year-old legend played 371 games for Forest and was voted into the club’s greatest-ever 11 back in 2016.
After his playing career O’Neill started in management at Wycombe and succeeded in getting them promoted into the English Football League.
He moved to Leicester City and won the League Cup there before taking the Celtic job in 2000. He led Celtic to three league titles, three Scottish Cups and a League Cup – and memorably all the way to the Uefa Cup Final in Seville in May 2003.
Following his departure from Celtic in 2005, O’Neill had successful spells with Aston Villa, Sunderland and Ireland. However his most recent role, a return to Forest, didn’t work out well.
Hopefully, O’Neill can return to management and save Leicester from dropping into the Championship.