O'Neill settles dispute with Villa

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Former Aston Villa manager Martin O'Neill has settled his dispute with the club following his abrupt departure last August.

The matter was resolved on Tuesday during an FA Premier League Managers' arbitration tribunal in London which had lasted four days.

A League Managers' Association mediation panel failed to resolve the dispute between O'Neill and Villa at the tail-end of 2010. The arbitration tribunal has been considering the circumstances that led to O'Neill parting company with Villa five days before the start of the 2010-2011 campaign.

The LMA issued a statement which read: "The LMA is able to confirm that Martin O'Neill and Aston Villa have finalised all issues in relation to his departure from the club in August 2010.

"The matter was placed before the FA Premier League Managers' Arbitration Tribunal, but was resolved during the course of the hearing."

O'Neill is now looking to get back into management after his nine months out of the game.

He said: "It has taken a long time to deal with this matter but I am pleased that all issues have now been amicably finalised.

"I am very proud to have managed Aston Villa and I wish the club all the best for the future.

"I would also like to thank the LMA and my outstanding legal team for their support and hard work in bringing my case to this very satisfactory conclusion.

"I am now looking forward to the future and getting back into football management."

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