Ex-Players Back O’Neill for City Job

Some of the players who helped make Martin O’Neill’s time as manager of Leicester City so successful can see him returning to the club…

Celtic boss and former City midfielder Neil Lennon commented: “It would be great to see him back in the game. One of his old adages was that you never go back, but I think it is very, very tempting for him. There is a good foundation at Leicester and I think the Leicester fans would be more than thrilled to see him back because he had such success there in the late 90s and the early part of the century. He has been out of the game for a long time. It’s the game’s loss to have such a great character and manager out of the game and if he does get the job I will be thrilled for him.”
And Leeds manager and former City right-back Simon Grayson, after ruling himself out of the job said:“I’d be very surprised if Martin O’Neill doesn’t accept the job if he’s given it,” Grayson said: “I’d be very surprised if Martin O’Neill doesn’t accept the job if he’s offered it.”

Although any evidence or quotes are missing from any articles linking O’Neill with City the Irish Telegraph has claimed: “O’Neill has left the door ajar on a possible second stint at the club after emerging as the No 1 target to succeed Sven Goran Eriksson. But it is believed he wants cast-iron assurances from the club’s ambitious Thai owners before taking the job. O’Neill has expressed concerns after Eriksson’s sudden sacking and fears an underwhelming second spell could tarnish his excellent reputation at the club where he lifted two League Cups. However, the Leicester board are determined to persuade him and will promise substantial funds for the January transfer window in an attempt to swing the deal.”

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