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'Unrealistic Fans' Lied To?

RIGHT. Just who is lying to who here? (Or is it to whom?!).

David O'Leary said at the weekend that Gary Cahill wasn't going to be able to make his Premiership bow against Portsmouth because he wasn't 'match fit' despite reports earlier saying he was going to make his debut due to our defensive crisis.

However reports in the Birmingham Mail today say something quite different. In fact it implies that the centre back was given an ultimatum by David O'Leary to sign a new contract or be withdrawn from the squad. Cahill apparently refused to be blackmailed and hence wasn't played.

The quicker the club issue a statement on this matter the better, because IF O'Leary has lied about this, on top of the constant moaning about the board, the players, the fans and everyone else apart from himself, it really is time for him to be run out of Villa Park with his tail between his legs.

According to the report Cahill has 16 months left on his current deal but is looking for improved terms. O'Leary said Cahill was 'not match fit' for the Portsmouth match after a week earlier suggesting he would play.

Over to the club to clear this up.




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The Journalist

Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday March 8 2006

Time: 3:11PM

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Surely this is no more than paper talk. DOL wouldn't hold a player to Ransom.
still skeggy
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08/03/2006 15:18:00

Surely this is no more than paper talk. DOL wouldn't hold a player to Ransom.
still skeggy
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08/03/2006 15:18:00

He bloody would! DOL OUT!!!!
DeanoVilla
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08/03/2006 15:21:00

He bloody would! DOL OUT!!!!
DeanoVilla
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08/03/2006 15:21:00

Let's get this straight from the start. Cahill wasn't match fit. We weren't lied to. We weren't told the whole story, but for keeping an internal contract dispute private, O'Leary should not be criticised. Also, O'Leary had, it seem, two option for the defence on Saturday. 1. Play a recently signed Dutch international defender with vast experience. This player is very short of fitness but has a good defensive brain and plays away from the centre of defence so his shortfall in fitness may not be so apparent. If this lack of fitness is a problem during the game, and things go wrong, the player is old enough and experienced enough to let this one instance not effect him too much. 2. Play a 19 year old defender in his first Premiership game. This player has some experience of first team football with a Championship side, but his single first team appearance for Villa resulted in the team shipping 3 goals in the first half. This player is also very short of match fitness and plays in the centre of defence. Chances are that if this fitness shortage is exposed, it will be done by Lua Lua who is strong and pacey and will run through the centre of defence to cause problems for Villa. Also, given the player's age and lack of experience, it could damage his confidence irrevocably and forever be an albatross around the young man's neck. I know which one I would prefer the manger to have done. Good choice O'Leary. Game won, clean sheet secured.
GaztonVilla
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08/03/2006 15:23:00

Think we need to wait for the club to clear this one up. If he has lied then ........... ?
The Fear
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08/03/2006 15:23:00

Let's get this straight from the start. Cahill wasn't match fit. We weren't lied to. We weren't told the whole story, but for keeping an internal contract dispute private, O'Leary should not be criticised. Also, O'Leary had, it seem, two option for the defence on Saturday. 1. Play a recently signed Dutch international defender with vast experience. This player is very short of fitness but has a good defensive brain and plays away from the centre of defence so his shortfall in fitness may not be so apparent. If this lack of fitness is a problem during the game, and things go wrong, the player is old enough and experienced enough to let this one instance not effect him too much. 2. Play a 19 year old defender in his first Premiership game. This player has some experience of first team football with a Championship side, but his single first team appearance for Villa resulted in the team shipping 3 goals in the first half. This player is also very short of match fitness and plays in the centre of defence. Chances are that if this fitness shortage is exposed, it will be done by Lua Lua who is strong and pacey and will run through the centre of defence to cause problems for Villa. Also, given the player's age and lack of experience, it could damage his confidence irrevocably and forever be an albatross around the young man's neck. I know which one I would prefer the manger to have done. Good choice O'Leary. Game won, clean sheet secured.
GaztonVilla
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08/03/2006 15:23:00

Think we need to wait for the club to clear this one up. If he has lied then ........... ?
The Fear
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08/03/2006 15:23:00

Lets just wait and see what comes out from the club tomorrow. I'm sure DOL will tell us one thing and then maybe another the day after ;)
Aronno7
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08/03/2006 16:01:00

Lets just wait and see what comes out from the club tomorrow. I'm sure DOL will tell us one thing and then maybe another the day after ;)
Aronno7
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08/03/2006 16:01:00

Beyond caring who is doing the lying these days, it is such a regular occurrence. One mightily disillusioned FL
fatloser
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08/03/2006 17:58:00

Beyond caring who is doing the lying these days, it is such a regular occurrence. One mightily disillusioned FL
fatloser
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08/03/2006 17:58:00

If its in a newspaper then it must be true?!?!
andrew144
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09/03/2006 11:14:00

If its in a newspaper then it must be true?!?!
andrew144
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09/03/2006 11:14:00

Everything that has come out of VP over recent seasons, let alone weeks, has been lies, lies, and more lies. From the boardroom down, through now possibly the manager, we are outright lied to, told mistruths, and completely and utterly deceived. Mind you, lets hold fire on this one until the facts are clarified via an initial statement. Say it aint so Dave, say it aint so.
glensider
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10/03/2006 00:52:00

Everything that has come out of VP over recent seasons, let alone weeks, has been lies, lies, and more lies. From the boardroom down, through now possibly the manager, we are outright lied to, told mistruths, and completely and utterly deceived. Mind you, lets hold fire on this one until the facts are clarified via an initial statement. Say it aint so Dave, say it aint so.
glensider
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10/03/2006 00:52:00

 

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