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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.




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Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday November 2 2007

Time: 5:17PM

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O'Neill is lying through his teeth. The most important thing to him was always Martin O'Neill and it still. Make no mistake, he will walk away from Villa as fast as you can drive a Porche out of a standing start. He never stopped looking for a bigger club from day 1. It's all about Martin.
weetim67
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02/11/2007 17:55:00

That Peter Risdale is a D I C K!
Real Deal
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02/11/2007 17:58:00

It gives me a warm glow to know that the Celtic mob are so bitter and twisted about MoN. So weetim has finally admitted something we all knew - Celtic are NOT a big club. Why else would Mon be looking for a bigger one? Hohoho. Love it. As expected, a reasonable explanation. Who would you trust of these two men?
CLVilla
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02/11/2007 18:12:00

I have to agree that MoN will be off the first better oppertunity he gets,this rolling contract thing is a load of boiiox if he's committed he'll sign a long contract.He might not be here next month.
Pking
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02/11/2007 21:16:00

It's easy to take sides and make assumptions. Truth is, we'll never know the truth. And as CLvilla says, who would you trust? A current top manager or an ex-leeds chairman who flopped on a monumental level?
johnnyuk
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02/11/2007 21:22:00

O'Neill has constantly been linked to big clubs over the years. While it is worrying he doesn't have a long term contract he seems a loyal man.
supermansfoot
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03/11/2007 06:37:00

I like the man, he is a good manager, think he will stay!
will it ever happen
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03/11/2007 09:03:00

If we finish top 10 he will stay, however if he fails to improve on last season the pressure will be on.
DeanoVilla
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05/11/2007 10:39:00

if the opportunity arose to move to a club O'Neill thought more to his liking, he'd be gone tomorrow and would find plenty of justification when he did. He's no different to any other manager in football.
avfc48
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05/11/2007 12:14:00

I bet Martin O'Neill is glad Ridsdale was bloody hopeless and he didn't leave Celtic!!
dazza71
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06/11/2007 20:20:00

Agreed avfc48. Its called life, and its something all of us would do if such an opportunity arose in our individual personal line of work.
glensider
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13/11/2007 22:03:00

You always think, at least I certainly do, that Ken Bates is only one step away from being a Peter Ridsdale.
glensider
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20/11/2007 22:59:00

 

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