Former Republic of Ireland manager, Martin O’Neill, has revealed that he is “ready to return” to management as he still has a point to prove.
O’Neill stepped down as the manager of the national side last month but believes he still has much to offer teams, despite the poor performances and results his side faced during the latter end of his tenure.
“I genuinely think that you always have to have the mindset, that you have a point to prove,” O’Neill told the Telegraph during an in-depth interview, “Until the last day of your existence, you have a point to prove.”
“That has always been the case with me, right from when I started out as a player. To have had the career I’ve had, you have to have that.”
“I still possess that strong self-belief, I will always back myself. I will back myself in whatever job I take next.”
“Maybe there is a perception now that am I not only too old, but that I’m on the outside looking in. There is an age element to it, there is a feeling that people believe you have closed your mind to things and it could not be further from the truth. My mind remains open.”
The 66-year-old hopes to return to club management having enjoyed spells with Leicester, Celtic and Aston Villa, among others, during his 28-year management career. The game has changed, he admits, but the break has allowed him to reflect on his future plans and he has no intention of calling it a day just yet.
“I’m looking forward to it, it’ll be the first one and yes, maybe with Christmas as well, it’s a time for reflection and – I hate this phrase really – recharging of batteries and stuff like this.
“But really, I feel young, I’m ready and I’ve been involved with young people, with players in my managerial career for quite some considerable time. I don’t feel that that age should have anything to do with it. I’m ready to return.”