Former Nottingham Forest manager Martin O’Neill has been discussing his involvement with the return of Masters Football with the TalkSPORT Breakfast Show (22/02; 09:44am).
The concept was famous on Sky Sports some years ago and now the famous blue carpet will be back for a one-off tournament in July.
O’Neill has been an ambassador for the new sports streaming service 360 Sports TV since leaving Forest and they will be showing the reformed Masters live.
The European Cup-winning player managed Forest for six months during the second half of the 2018/19 campaign.
He failed to build on the good work done by Aitor Karanka and Forest quickly slipped out of play-off contention.
O’Neill was sacked just a week into pre-season training ahead of the 2019/20 season and replaced by Sabri Lamouchi.
Now, the 69-year-old has other irons in the fire on the back of his managerial career; with the Masters back on the agenda.
He told the TalkSPORT Breakfast Show (22/02; 09:44am): “I think you’re giving me more credit than I deserve.
“I was talking with Tony Woodcock and he’s actually been heavily involved in getting it back. There has been a big, big demand. I’ve been an ambassador for 360 Sports TV and they’re going to be broadcasting it live.”
The Northern Irishman has ruled out managing the Celtic team in the newly formed competition.
He continued: “I’d hope to be in attendance but I think Celtic will have other plans for someone to manage their team.”
O’Neill hasn’t tarnished playing legacy with Forest managerial episode
The former trickster was a strange choice to replace Karanka and naturally, plenty of fans thought it was 10 years too late.
It proved as much and even bringing Roy Keane with him couldn’t help lift the Reds into the top-six before the end of the campaign.
He won eight and lost eight of his 19 matches in charge and was perhaps rightly replaced prior to the next season starting.
Now, he has played a sizeable role in getting the Masters back on our screens.
Although this summer will just see a one-off tournament, there are already discussions being held regarding a tournament featuring regional heats and a grand final for 2023.
The Masters proved a Sunday night hit among football fans for many years.
O’Neill – along with Woodcock – has played a part in bringing that back to our screens. For that, the Forest hero deserves some credit.