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On Days Like These: The Incredible Autobiography of a Football Legend

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His career has taken him from playing for Lisburn Distillery in Northern Ireland to being a key part of the indomitable Brian Clough’s hugely successful Nottingham Forest team that won back-to-back Europeans Cups in 1979 and 1980.

You are going to West Ham and expecting to win, whereas the previous year trying to beat Bristol Rovers was a struggle. It’s actually a very quick read, a good read though but not an exceptional read considering the weight the name Martin O’Neill carries in Ireland and the UK.He describes vividly the first time he played at Wembley, and speaks about the characters he played alongside, from George Best to Trevor Francis.

O’Neill had been a high achiever in Wycombe and Leicester before taking on iconic status for Glasgow’s green half. Martin delves into relationships with family, team-mates, managers, chairmen and those who played under him.

Yes, there is occasionally acerbic comment – one would surely expect no less – but an extraordinary career which scaled playing heights under Brian Clough before touching managerial greatness at Celtic and Leicester is depicted with an entertaining tone.

Privacy Notice: Newsletters may contain info about charities, online ads, and content funded by outside parties. He became Republic of Ireland manager in 2013 and beat reigning world champions Germany in the process of qualifying for the 2016 UEFA European Championship - for only the third time in the nation's history, and the first time they ever made it to the second round. Written with his trademark honesty and humour, On Days Like These is one of the most insightful and captivating autobiographies and a must-read for any fans of the beautiful game. Martin O’Neill is widely regarded as one of the most respected figures in football with a career spanning more than 50 years. As a player O’Neill represented Northern Ireland over sixty times, playing alongside George Best and captaining the side at the 1982 World Cup.The only disappointment was that as his career progresses, particularly into management in the premiership, he doesn’t go into more depth when describing many of the characters in the dressing room, the make-up of the club and the characters involved. Now, for the first time, Martin O’Neill reflects on one of the most varied and interesting football careers in the British Isles. I also liked how he talked about his relationship with various chairman at clubs he worked at which provides insight we don't hear much about in other manager autobiographies. The management years were enjoyable enough, albeit he was sounding somewhat bitter about it by the end, but it's his playing years that I enjoyed reading about most. With Roy Keane as his assistant manager, he oversaw Ireland reaching the Euros for only the third time in their history.

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