Belfast Telegraph

Friday 19 December 2014

Martin O’Neill hungry to return to management

Martin O'Neill
Martin O'Neill

Martin O'Neill says he’s now hungry to return to management after setting his dispute with Aston Villa.

The former Northern Ireland skipper left the club last August and he can now focus his attention on returning to work after the conclusion of an FA Premier League Managers' arbitration tribunal in London which had lasted four days.

O’Neill, who was strongly linked with the West Ham post, is anxious to take on a fresh challenge.

He said: “It has taken a long time to deal with this matter but I am pleased that all issues have now been amicably finalised.

“I am very proud to have managed Aston Villa and I wish the club all the best for the future. I would also like to thank the LMA and my outstanding legal team for their support and hard work in bringing my case to this very satisfactory conclusion.

“I am now looking forward to the future and getting back into football management.”

A League Managers' Association mediation panel failed to resolve the dispute between the Kilrea man and Villa at the tail-end of 2010. The arbitration tribunal had been considering the circumstances that led to O’Neill parting company with Villa five days before the start of the 2010-2011 campaign.

A LMA statement read: “The LMA is able to confirm that Martin O'Neill and Aston Villa have finalised all issues in relation to his departure from the club in August 2010. The matter was placed before the FA Premier League Managers' Arbitration Tribunal, but was resolved during the hearing.”

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