Former Leeds chairman Peter Ridsdale claims he had an agreement with Martin O´Neill for the then Celtic manager to leave Parkhead and take over at Elland Road.

According to Ridsdale, he struck a pre-contract deal in January 2003, with the Irishman - now in charge at Aston Villa - when Terry Venables was struggling after replacing George Graham.

Ridsdale said: "Discussions over the phone led to a secret meeting at my house. Martin had come down to discuss terms and reach an agreement in a deal approved by the board."

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