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Sunday, 14 May, 2000, 17:05 GMT 18:05 UK
David O'Leary
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Joining Match of the Day Live for Euro 2000, David O'Leary has rapidly established a reputation as one of the best young managers in the English Premiership.

His pedigree as a player was already beyond question, with two League Championships, two FA Cup wins, two League Cups and 67 International caps for the Republic of Ireland to his credit.

At the age of 40, he became Leeds United's 19th manager in October 1998, accepting the opportunity to succeed his mentor George Graham, who had returned to London with Spurs.

O'Leary had only played 10 games for Leeds before injury forced him into premature retirement, having joined the club in the summer of 1993 from Arsenal, his only previous club in a career spanning 18 years and 558 league games.

On the international stage, O'Leary was the unlikely hero as Eire won through to the last eight of the 1990 World Cup Finals in Italy, scoring the vital final penalty in a 5 - 4 penalty shoot-out win over Romania.

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