Martin O'Neill lands top job as Celtic hero replaces ex Leeds Utd boss in chairman role

Former Celtic manager Martin O'Neill
Former Celtic manager Martin O'Neill -Credit:PA

Martin O'Neill has landed the top job at the League Managers' Association as their new chairman.

The former Celtic and Republic of Ireland boss replaces former Leeds United gaffer Howard Wilkinson in the role which he will begin at the end of the season when Wilkinson stands down. The latter has been in the gig for more than 30 years and O'Neill was nominated to become the next chair and voted in by other bosses.

The Irishman has been out of the management circles since 2019 when he left Nottingham Forest but, at 72-years-old, has never ruled out a return to the dugout.

But now he's set to take on this new responsibility, O'Neill explained his pride at being given the reins.

O'Neill said: “I am extremely proud to be voted the new LMA Chair by my fellow managers.

“I am succeeding Howard Wilkinson who has, for over 30 years, overseen the growth of the LMA and served its members with great distinction, dedication and passion.

“The support I have received from the LMA throughout my time as a manager has been hugely important to me and I am delighted to have the opportunity to give something back to the association.

“I very much look forward to working alongside [chief executive] Richard Bevan and the team.

“I would like to build on the work Howard has done so diligently and hopefully continue to support the current and next generation of LMA members.”