In his own words . . .
Martin O’Neill on suggestions he is inclined towards the long ball . . .
I don’t remember playing the proverbial ‘long ball’ at Aston Villa. We were a counter-attacking side because we had pace to burn . . . I would have said that that Aston Villa side was a really, really fine side; which I made.
Pragmatism and players . . .
When I came into this job your overriding ambition, obviously, is to qualify for some competitions and if we are not comfortable in being able to get the ball down and pass it, which is what you want to do, then you have to find ways of staying in games and winning some football matches.
Claims his players are unsure of their roles because he names teams late . . .
That’s nonsense. Total nonsense. I’ve done it for years (but) the Celtic players knew exactly what they were supposed to do. Ask the Leicester players, they knew their jobs inside out. The players here know their jobs. I’m telling you: they know their jobs.
Rooting for Tyrone in the All Ireland . . .
I heavily love the GAA (Gaelic football). It’s taken a bit of a hammering at the minute in terms of tactics but this Dublin side can consider themselves one of the finest ever to have played the game, there’s no doubt about that. Obviously, I’ll be cheering on Tyrone, though. Derry and Tyrone don’t like each other but they’re in Ulster and I’m essentially an Ulster man.