OFF TO CELTIC
(Thursday 1st June 2000)
The incredible story of ex-Wycombe Manager Martin O'Neill moved into another chapter with the news that Scottish giants Celtic had finally got their man.
O'Neill spent the previous weekend deliberating over the move to Parkhead and finally announced his decision at a press conference in Glasgow on Thursday evening.
Speaking at the press conference O'Neill said "I'm absolutely delighted to be Manager of this very famous Football Club..it's a job close to my heart."
The Leicester Chairman, John Elsom, made a last ditch bid to keep O'Neill with the Premiership side on Tuesday but O'Neill remained unswayed. The Irishman spent just over four years at Filbert Street - taking them to a Division One play-off success and two League cup victories.
His well documented stay at Wycombe lasted five years where he guided the Wanderers through the most successful period in the Club's history.
When O'Neill joined Wycombe in February 1990, The club were a mid-table Conference side with gates averaging just over the 1,500 mark. When he departed for Norwich at the end of the 1994/95 season, Wycombe had reached Football League Division Two and were enjoying gates of close to 6,000. Throw in three Wembley finals on the way and you have an era that only dreams are made of. O'Neill turned down job offers from Nottingham Forest and, ironically, several attempts by Leicester to lure him from Adams Park before he made his way to Carrow Road.
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