What happened to Martin O’Neill?


Football is a results business and Sunderland’s results have been rotten for months, so we shouldn’t be surprised that Martin O’Neill was dismissed as manager on Saturday.  But he is Martin O’Neill, who appeared to be able to walk on water when at Celtic.  What happened?

Martin’s teams played the same football at Sunderland as they did at Celtic and Leicester.  Direct and, if supported by excellent players, incredibly effective, but Martin was the antithesis of the tinkerer manager.  He had his plan and stuck to it, a fact which Alex McLeish successfully exploited.

Of all the recent dismissals in England his was least surprising.  Sunderland thought they were heading for relegation but still have a fighting chance, the right change could produce the short-term boost required.  As for our old pal Paulo, I’m in David Milliband’s camp. He and ‘Arry can go the same way.
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  1. St.John.Doyle on

    Given the club website is running Lenny’s comments about the ref yesterday they are signalling to the SFA that they will back Lenny in any attempt to discipline him.



    I have argued for some time that the way to highlight the shocking standard of refereeing is to provoke a fight let the SFA try to discipline 1 of the coaching staff and then defend him in court.



    We then could open up the SFA to giving evidence under oath.



    I hope this is the plan now we have an issue of bad refereeing to both sides, will the SFA fall into the trap and would PL go for the jugular.

  2. St.John.Doyle


    12:49 on


    1 April, 2013



    Doesn’t end well when a club takes a FA to court mate.

  3. St.John.Doyle on




    12:53 on 1 April, 2013






    I know it can be a problem but it did work out well with Farry, if we defend Lenny it will terrify them

  4. ianinascoli


    12:52 on


    1 April, 2013



    The fact that neither Dougall nor the other refereeing apologist Clark are rushing to TV/Radio studios todays tells you everything you need to know.

  5. TwoMacaroons on

    I’m sure I heard Mc Gowan, when asked about the penalty incident, say,


    We both went in high and he just caught me on the shin.


    When asked if he thought it was a sending off…


    That’s the ref’s decision, I don’t like to see any other player getting sent off.




    As for Di Canio, silly season has begun.

  6. If Blantyretim is posting on CQN today or later on, can whoever sees this msg and sees him posting on it let him know that Roccobhoy is looking for him? I’d be hugely grateful.



    Hail Hail




  7. craggy island gaa on

    Bhoys and Ghirls,



    A Happy Easter to you all…



    I was on the club website last night checking where my ticket for the Hibs game is situated and, in further searching Google images to remind me of the location of the Upper North Stand pillars, I came across this blog article from the French Newspaper Le Monde.






    As you will see the original article is in French but if you have a translation option on your toolbar you may enjoy the caption to the photograph taken from the Jock Stein Stand. I nearly ended myself laughing at it.



    If anyone would like the translation as it appeared on my PC, I’ll be happy to post it later. But it is done more justice if you get to read it for yourself.



    islande gaa de craggy





    McLeish went with the out-ball to wide men in the 2002 cup final-a year prior to Seville



    We failed miserably to cope with Lovenkrands in particular that day but Martin stuck with his three at the back.



    As you know we lost 3-2

  9. Paul



    Disappointed that you seem to want to rewrite history


    MON took us from a very dark place to the splendour of Sevilla


    Certainly he had good players at his disposal and the board back him to a great extent


    But and it is a huge but it should also be remembered that the Huns were spending twice as much as he had!


    The good players already at the club had finished miles behind the Huns yet the next season we won a treble


    The treble has eluded his successors though they faced weaker opposition – some would say.


    MON like all managers and people had his faults – no-one after all is infallible


    However his gifts far outweighed his weaknesses IMHO



    As others have said perhaps he missed Robbo – perhaps he has lost that connection with his players that so many of his former players highlight.



    Whatever the reason – his time has probably gone but let’s not join in and bury someone who gave us so much – indeed some of our greatest ever times



    Personally I believe that DD convinced MON that we would be playing in the EPL a few years after he signed up and when that failed to happen MON could see that the investment needed to keep us a force in Europe was not going to be forthcoming and he wanted out.



    MON was the best since Mr Stein


    Trying to emulate Mr Stein put the Huns on the road to liquidation


    MON drove them over the edge – remember that in response to the 6-2 the Huns went on a spree with the likes of Flo being signed for £12M


    MON Celtic legend – Hunslayer extraordinaire!




  10. bmcup,



    Was that the game where Lubo was standing at the touch line, in the last minute, waiting to come on, when Lovenkrands scored?





    Aye,utterly ruined my Saturday despite having a ton on Rock of Gibraltar in The 2000 Guineas.



    Some things are more important than money-Celtic winning falls easily into that category.



    Straight home. Gutted.

  12. Blantyretim,



    Will send u a pm on Facebook. Will u be on Facebook today?



    Hail Hail



  13. GlassTwoThirdsFull on




    I was meaning the away game to Porto in our first CL campaign (3-0 defeat) – McLeish arrived at Ibrox a couple of months later.

  14. St.John.Doyle on



    My old man was going to the club last night, hope the East End mob behaved themselves these auld yins are worth a watching

  15. rosco



    going for lunch; then out with Mrs BT but will have my phone so contactable.. o))

  16. Paddysmarket on

    Chelsea v Man u is dire, and commentators talking


    all sorts of drivel to try and maintain the myth that is


    the EPL.



  17. St. John.Doyle



    busy yesterday and last night, I started at 11am and left at 9pm…




  18. GlassTwoThirdsFull on




    But fair point – it took MON too long to make the change to 4-4-2.

  19. Steinreignedsupreme on

    roy croppie 12:16 on 1 April, 2013



    I think we have much to look forward to.



    With each passing season our manager and players will learn more.





    I’m the first to admit to being highly critical of Martin’s lack of a Plan B-the Anderlecht game rates highly in that regard-but like you I will always be grateful to him for giving us back our pride.



    The signing of Flo who was ineligible for Europe when they were already too far behind in the league still makes me laugh!

  21. !!Bada Bing!! on

    Given NL’s comments after the game ,Victor’s red card won’t be rescinded

  22. pfayr



    I believe you are confusing disjointed play , lack of form with effort.



    Anyone in particular not pulling their weight in your view?

  23. 67Heaven ... I am Neil Lennon..!!.. Ibrox belongs to the creditors on

    roy croppie



    12:16 on 1 April, 2013



    Agreed…..this has been a strange season, and we will be more prepared next season ……lot of key injuries / suspensions, and some players concentrating on CL, with some justification, but that affects the WHOLE team …… Neil will sort this out next season.



    One thing’s for sure, we need to be vigilant on this restructuring, and united as a Club ….. Our long term financial / development strategy is beginning to bare fruit ……….





    I stand corrected-I had conveniently wiped that from my memory!

  25. Craigellachie10 on

    Any comment from the SFA on Black’s comments that some referees have a grudge against him?



    “It is a contact sport and the first booking was a silly one, but the second one the referee can be a bit embarrassed about his decision. There are maybe certain referees that have a wee grudge but I have just got to deal with that” Ian Black





    Well,personally you can start with Hooper.



    Not much the team can do if our main striker is strangely unavailable in the areas in which he is supposed to be.

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