Martin O' Neill

The current Aston Villa manager, Martin O’Neill, started his career in his native Northern Ireland. He was a regular player for Northern Ireland, captaining the side at the 1982 FIFA World Cup in Spain, which included defeating the host nation in Valencia. He played 64 times and scored eight goals for Northern Ireland. At club level he also played for Norwich City, Manchester City and Nott's County. O'Neill attempted to make a comeback in 1986 with Chesterfield, but only played part of a reserve game before being forced off with a knee injury after 20 minutes, in an attempt to get fit for Northern Ireland's 1986 World Cup squad. After his playing career, O'Neill began a career in football management. He managed Wycombe Wanderers, Norwich City, Leicester City and Celtic before moving to Aston Villa in 2006. 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. He brought Aston Villa to their first final in 10 years in February 2010 against Manchester United F.C. in the Carling cup final, but unfortunately losing 2–1.