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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    I saw it on the telly in a Hun pub



    You could have heard a pin drop…..



    Apart from my Dad and I of course!

  2. ArranmoreBhoyLXV11 on




    MON, I just loved the man AT Celtic. He felt every decision,every goal.. His “astonishing” quotes after Amoroso of Juve dived( it’s still happening, St Mirren) – you knew then he was one of us. He got it. I see him leaping on the trackside,socks n trackie combo,adjusting his specs.



    I loved his subtle digs at thick interviewers who could not tell he was ripping the @@@@ out of them..




    MY only criticism ever was his continual playing of a right footer, Jackie or Joos, at the left of a 3 man back line ..



    However he was the boss, he took us to Seville..










    I think Fergus did a number on the agents of Van Hoojidonk and Cadete ….



    Unfortunately for Fergus …football isn’t like any other business ..



    We got a decent return from their transfers tho

  4. 67Heaven ... I am Neil Lennon..!!.. Ibrox belongs to the creditors on

    Chelsea missing too many chances here…








    BTW,Andreas could put his foot through the ball-and then some!

  6. twomacaroons



    Hooper’s work rate yesterday was poor. There were a few occasions in the first half when we were pressing St Mirren high up the pitch,but they were able to play their way out cos Hooper wasn’t putting pressure on his man.



    His general play was disappointing in the Aberdeen game. He scored, so any potential criticism coming his way was muted.





    Blinkin’ flip-you’ll be quoting Shug’s match report next!



    BTW,delighted you will be at the get-the-gither on Saturday



    Soak it in,mate. Rediscover your obvious love for our club.



    We always welcome the prodigal!




  8. 67Heaven ... I am Neil Lennon..!!.. Ibrox belongs to the creditors on

    MON gave me my happiest years as a Celtic Supporter ……..he overcame ALL ‘barriers’, and put derhun to the sword….

  9. TwoMacaroons on

    jack thaler


    Yep hooper wasn’t at the races, then again neither was Sammi. Watt should have been on earlier, stokes as well.

  10. Kentucky Bhoy on

    Has anyone else bothered to read the comments at the bottom of the Daily Record Sports back page Facebook page today?


    The majority of them are disgraceful insults against Neil Lennon.


    Can these vile comments not be reported to Facebook or the Daily Record or be withdrawn?


    Not sure how to go about this but I don’t think Facebook is very well policed for this type of thing.

  11. weet weet weet on

    AEGON future cup final on euro sport 2



    Ajax v Anderlecht



    the belgian boys lookin good




  12. Kentucky bhoy



    Don’t think we’ll have to worry about the Daily Record for much longer. You can’t lose 30k readers a year indefinitely.



    Facebook is pretty keen on freedom of speech, but less interested in privacy legislation.

  13. Steinreignedsupreme on

    Kentucky Bhoy 14:32 on 1 April, 2013



    “Has anyone else bothered to read the comments at the bottom of the Daily Record Sports back page Facebook page today?



    “The majority of them are disgraceful insults against Neil Lennon.”



    Can’t say I’m surprised in the slightest as the Zombies fear Neil Lennon so much.



    It’s comforting to know that even when the should be celebrating their first trophy as a new club – Lenny has ruined their weekend.

  14. Afternoon all



    Bit fragile today.



    Kind of sad to see the downfall of MON although he was far from perfect as a manager – He brought great times to Celtic in a way that no manager had in 35 years. He brought great nights back to Celtic Park and some great players such as Sutton, Thompson, Hartson and NFL. But his teams were rarely exhilarating , he preferred the artisan to the artist and persisted too much with big, immobile centre backs such as Balde and Varga. He gave us Seville but arguably he left us Artmedia as well. Good luck Martin and hopefully you’ll be back up to see the Bhoys. but that’s all.




    As for DiCanio he was wonderful to watch and he put his heart and soul into playing for Celtic. But that doesn’t always make you a good person.




  15. Kentucky Bhoy on

    jack thaler,


    Yeah, they are losing a massive amount of readers, can’t remember the last time I bought that paper, people obviously get news quicker online these days, but it just shows you the type of numbskulls their Facebook page attracts with nonsense like that. Twitter is pretty good for people posting the newspaper links and its not long till you can tell the decent newspapers from the dross.

  16. pabloh_AKA_NEIL LENNON on

    Someone mentioned earlier; beachball Sunday. What a memory! I believe we pumped them that day too :)

  17. pabloh_AKA_NEIL LENNON on

    Kentucky boy,



    Facebook is a ridiculous for comments. I wouldn’t bother reading comments on anything football related, you’ll just end up annoyed! Surprised these reprobates can type.

  18. Steinreignedsupreme on

    Seismic activity reported in Roselawn Cemetery – thought to be from Georges Best’s grave.



    Movement reported when All Star Family Fortunes started…

  19. jack thaler









    Didn’t Pierre say -allegedly – some thing along the lines of…



    “£7000 a week might be allright for a homeless person, but…!”







  20. 67Heaven ... I am Neil Lennon..!!.. Ibrox belongs to the creditors on






    That comment was why I mentioned that he was speaking in a foreign tongue.



    I feel it is fair to cut him a bitta slack,though I still reckon his English was better than mine!

  22. One of my favourite nerve wracking Celtic days that rarely gets mentioned. Last game of the season 1982:



    (Celtic Wiki) Celtic are crowned the league champions.



    At half time with the score 0-0 the Celtic fans learned that Aberdeen were leading Rangers 4-0 at half time. One more Aberdeen goal in the second half would nick them the title.



    Celtic heard their nerve in the second half. Tommy Burns brilliantly created two goals for George McCluskey and Tom McAdam’s header was adjudged to have gone over the line.



    At the final whistle the fans celebrated joyously and the players danced all over the pitch before a good natured crowd invasion.



    Injured Celts McGarvey, Nicholas, Conroy, and Sullivan could all be seen celebrating at the end.



    Everyone remembers the 1986 League win against St Mirren but this one was just as good.





    Celtic:- Bonner, McGrain, Reid, Aitken, McAdam, MacLeod, Provan, McStay, McCluskey, Burns, Crainie Subs:- Moyes, Halpin



    Goals:- McCluskey (63), McAdam (72), McCluskey (76)



    St. Mirren:- Thomson, Beckett, Walker, Fitzatrick Fulton, Copland, McAvennie, Stark, Somner, McDougall (Logan), Richardson (Speirs)



    Att:-: 39,669

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

    roy croppie



    15:07 on 1 April, 2013



    I even took my passport to that game …lhahahahahaha

  24. Celtic v Dundee Utd – Matthews makes superb last ditch tackle – Madden gives penalty.



    St Mirren v Celtic – Goncalves does a half hearted dive outside the box – Madden gives penalty.



    SeeWhereI’mComingFromKnowWhereI’mGoing CSC

  25. roy croppie



    Remember the 1982 game quite well, which is an amazing thing in itself!



    However, if I am not mistaken we would still have won the league if it had finished goalless.



    We would have won it by a point.



    Nerve-wracking stuff!








    History is littered with the proof of that-the only real success since Kenny Dalglish is Brian McClair.



    One in thirty six years….

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