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Martin O'Neill reminded of glory days as he watches Leicester close in on title

By Staff Reporter

Published 29/04/2016

Martin O'Neill
Martin O'Neill

Martin O'Neill says Leicester City’s Premier League heroics remind him of special achievements from his playing days.

The former Northern Ireland skipper led the Foxes to the top flight in his first season in charge and secured two League Cup victories during his four and a half year reign.

The Ulsterman was  also part of the Nottingham Forest side that won two league titles after promotion from the First Division and also claimed two European Cups in 1979 and 1980 in a golden era for the club.

“I had great time there, four particularly special years,” said the Republic of Ireland boss, reflecting on his time as City manager. “The torch passes on and their story is remarkable.”

The 64-year-old  added: “It kind of reminds me in some aspect of Nottingham Forest in 1977 and 1978 where we came up and swept all before us and it was great to be part of that.

“So I know exactly how the Leicester players are feeling, if I can think back that far and I certainly know how the manager is feeling. It is an extraordinary story, the story of the century.”

Meanwhile, City’s rivals Spurs will be without Dele Alli for the rest of the season after the Football Association handed him a three-match ban for violent conduct.

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