Martin Hugh Michael O'Neill, OBE, (born 1 March 1952 in Kilrea, Northern Ireland) is a Northern Irish association football manager and former player. Until resigning the post on 9 August 2010, he was manager of Aston Villa.
Starting his career in his native Northern Ireland, O'Neill moved to England where he spent most of his playing career with Nottingham Forest, with which he won the European Cup. He was capped 64 times for the Northern Ireland national football team, captaining the side.
O'Neill managed Wycombe Wanderers, Norwich City, Leicester City and Celtic before moving to Aston Villa. He guided Leicester City to League Cup final three times, in which he was twice victorious. In his time as Celtic manager between 2000 and 2005, he led the club to three Scottish Premier League titles and the 2003 UEFA Cup Final in Seville.
O'Neill was born into an Irish nationalist family in Kilrea in 1952. He was the sixth child and has four brothers and four sisters. He has a strong Gaelic football background, his father being a founding member of local club Pádraig Pearse's Kilrea, which is named after an Irish nationalist leader. His brothers Gerry and Leo played for the club as well as...