O'Neill Linked With Return To Management With Leicester Cityby Steve Claridge / 28 September 2010, 13:26Tweet
Martin O'Neill has been linked with a remarkable return to football Management with Leicester City understood to be considering trying to lure their former boss back to the club, the man from Northern Ireland left Aston Villa the week before the new season started but is already thought to be looking to get back into the game. Leicester is really where Martin O'Neill made his name in management over a decade ago and he could see the challenge of taking the Foxes back into the Premier League as just the right challenge at the right time.
Paulo Sousa is currently in charge at the Walkers Stadium but after a tough start to the season he finds himself under pressure, reports out of the club are suggesting that Sousa has a matter of games to save his skin with the new owners looking for quick progress. The club are looking to get back to the Premier League asap following the takeover from the Thai consortium in the Summer and they will know that Martin O'Neill is a name that would attractive a large amount of attention to the club. The fans would also be sure to welcome O'Neill back to the Midlands with open arms as they remember the heady days they enjoyed under him ten years ago, the club rose to prominence under O'Neill with a League Cup win the highlight of his tenure.
Whether or not O'Neill would want to drop down to the Championship remains to be seen as he looks for a new challenge in the game, he is of course looking to rebuild his career after he walked out of Villa recently amid much speculation. There was clearly a break down at the club involving O'Neill and he is likely to want to get straight back into the swing of things, a Premier League club though would surely be his preferred choice ahead of another stint with the Foxes. There does appear to be some money though at Leicester now and the new owners are likely to do everything in their power to take the club back to the top flight, Sousa clearly is on borrowed time and they will be looking to get their own man in as soon as possible.
The club currently sit bottom of the Championship with just five points on the board from the first eight games of the season, this comes after a pre-season which was full of hope for Leicester fans as they looked to build on their play-off place of last campaign but so far it is yet to work out. This was highlighted on Friday night when the his side were thrashed by fellow strugglers Portsmouth 6-1, it was a woeful performance from the Foxes that has led to Sousa coming under increasing pressure and in turn the mooted return of O'Neill has become a possibility.