Focus On; Martin O’Neill

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O’Neill went on to play an integral role in Forest’s golden era. He scored on his league debut for the club, a 4–1 win over West Bromwich Albion on 13 November 1971. He went on to make a total of 17 league appearances that season, scoring twice, but could not prevent his side’s relegation from the First Division in 1972. However, the appointment of Brian Clough as manager in January 1975 was the beginning of a revolution for Nottingham Forest.[13] Under Clough’s management, O’Neill helped Forest gain promotion to the top flight in 1977, won the league title and League Cup a year later,[14] followed by further League Cup success a year later.[15] He was dropped to the substitutes bench for Forest’s first European Cup victory over Malmö in 1979 after failing to fully recover from an injury, but he played in their 1980 win over Hamburg.


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