O'Neill Clears Up Ridsdale Comments
Martin O'Neill has cleared up the reports over the last week following Peter Ridsdales book that he had agreed to join Leeds whilst Celtic manager.
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Martin O'Neill says that he had agreed in principle to join Leeds with certain conditions. That was because Celtic hadn't offered him a new deal which had 'disappointed' him and he was free to talk to other interested parties.
Ridsdale asked Celtic if they could talk to O'Neill in 2002 when David O'Leary left. The Celtic board denied Leeds permission to talk to the board as he had a year left on his contract. When the contract got down to just a few months Ridsdale approached again. That was the end of June 2003. He then agreed 'in principle' and under 'certain conditions' including that Terry Venables didn't want to continue as the manager. He found out the conditions weren't true so he wrote and said he wouldn't be moving to the Elland Road club.
He then got a one year rolling contract at Celtic.
Not exactly the biggest conspiracy in the world was it?! Still, sold a few books for Ridsdale I guess.