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Martin O'Neill Responds To Speculation Linking Him To Leicester Job

PJ Browne
By PJ Browne
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Martin O'Neill says that he was both 'surprised and disappointed' with Leicester's sacking of Claudio Ranieri this week.

The Ireland manager appeared on BBC Radio Five Live's Sportsweek on Sunday morning.

Asked by presenter Gary Richardson about the possibility of him returning to Leicester - a post he held for five years before taking up the Celtic job - O'Neill he would not be leaving his position as Ireland manager.

I wouldn't be going. I'm enjoying the job here at this moment. There's a big game in couple of weeks time and some difficult matches ahead, not only at the end of March but in June as well.


Perhaps a little tongue-in-cheek, Richardson asked O'Neill about double jobbing as both Ireland and Leicester manager.

I hadn't even thought about it. If that was the case - and I'm not talking about myself, I'm talking in general - if someone was trying to do two jobs at the same time, I think there would be problems if you didn't get the results on both sides.

O'Neill said it was his opinion that Ranieri had the 'right' to see out the remainder of the season, calling last season's title-winning campaign 'phenomenal'.


The 64-year-old also said that players, sometimes 'ordinary' ones, now have too much power.

The players took an awful lot of credit for winning the Premier League and Ranieri, in many respects, dropped into the background.

I think somewhere along the way, you have to take a little bit of criticism. I think you have to look inwards as a player.

Why should players go to the owners of a football club? If things are not going well, I think you sort that out in the dressing room.

Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile


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