UK time is: 19:01:11
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

No Cahill Ultimatum

Following reports that Gary Cahill had faced an ultimatum to sign a new contract or not be played:
full article: Click Here
Gazton Villa sprang to David O'Leary's defence saying:

'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.'


Looks like Gazton was spot on, as the official site has released a statement today, something that was very much needed. Wonder if the Birmingham Mail will now retract the story?

They have confirmed that contract talks are ongoing but no ultimatum was made.

David O'Leary said: 'We had a meeting with Gary Cahill. As the Villa manager, I want to secure him for the future of this football club and see whether he will make it and be a good player for the football club. He had a meeting with Bryan Jones (Academy Director), myself and Roy Aitken last week. The contract side of it hasn't been cleared up. Gary felt we were thinking of playing him last Saturday, but he felt that, with lacking match practice and with the contract thing in his head, he wasn't right to play. Whether we were going to play him was another thing, but that decided he wasn't going to be involved in the squad, once he'd aired those issues.'

The 19-year-old defender has 14 months on his current contract and is, again according to paper articles, looking for a new deal thought to be worth around 8000 a week. Nice work if you can get it!

O'Leary seems to think the central defender is a good prospect: 'Of course I think he's got a good chance, without a doubt. He's done very well at Burnley when we put him out there. He showed great potential. What we want to do now is bring him in at the right time to give him a chance. But you've got to watch out when you do that. I don't want to ruin a young lad's career.'




Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!


Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

The Journalist

Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday March 9 2006

Time: 1:46PM

Your Comments

Glad they cleared that up quickly, because it would have been disgusting if true. Gazton Villa - the new voice of reason!
The Fear
Glad they cleared that up quickly, because it would have been disgusting if true. Gazton Villa - the new voice of reason!
The Fear
Until Cahill himself denies it I won't dismiss it as being untrue. I wouldn't trust Mr O'Dreay as far as I could throw him.
DeanoVilla
Until Cahill himself denies it I won't dismiss it as being untrue. I wouldn't trust Mr O'Dreay as far as I could throw him.
DeanoVilla
Yes, that issue had the potential to be the final straw that broke the camels back. It could have brought about O'Leary's downfall without a doubt. Still remains another unsavoury incident though, and there seems to be plenty of those bubbling under the surface at Villa Park right now.
glensider
Yes, that issue had the potential to be the final straw that broke the camels back. It could have brought about O'Leary's downfall without a doubt. Still remains another unsavoury incident though, and there seems to be plenty of those bubbling under the surface at Villa Park right now.
glensider
Gaztons "inside knowledge to be applauded". There appears to be alittle power struggle going on and in my opinion all is far from well at the club, players are beginning to speak out.
fatloser
Gaztons "inside knowledge to be applauded". There appears to be alittle power struggle going on and in my opinion all is far from well at the club, players are beginning to speak out.
fatloser
 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Aston Villa Articles

Stats: Aston Villa v Arsenal (Saturday September 20 2014)

Keane's Too Good For TV (Saturday September 20 2014)

Something For The Weekend (466) (Friday September 19 2014)

Lambert - We Have To Build On This (Friday September 19 2014)

Loan Spell Will Do Robinson Good (Friday September 19 2014)

Lawro Tips Arsenal For Victory (Friday September 19 2014)

Lambert - Ron Remains A Doubt (Thursday September 18 2014)

Guzan - Villa Park Will Be Rocking (Thursday September 18 2014)

Lambert Speaks Following Contract Extension (Wednesday September 17 2014)

Paul Lambert Extends Villa Stay (Wednesday September 17 2014)

Archived Aston Villa Articles

List All Vital Villa Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll

Vital Members League (view all)

1. ClivetheVillan 546
2. Pride of Lions 541
3. The Fear 484
4. mike_field 259
5. kefkat 221
6. Villan Of The North 221
7. DeanoVilla 205
8. sirdennis 174
9. lewis1980 137
10. Juan Mourep 121

League Results (view all)

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
1. Chelsea 4 4 0 0 +9 12
2. Southampton 5 3 1 1 +6 10
3. Aston Villa 5 3 1 1 +0 10
4. Arsenal 5 2 3 0 +4 9
5. Swansea 5 3 0 2 +2 9
6. Man City 4 2 1 1 +3 7
7. Spurs 4 2 1 1 +2 7

Breaking League News

Chelsea set to sign Manea
Chelsea : 20/09/2014 18:00:00
Sunderland : 20/09/2014 17:16:00
Southampton : 20/09/2014 17:03:00
Q.P.R. : 20/09/2014 17:00:00
Hull City : 20/09/2014 16:57:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Arsenal MotM
Suggested By:  MF
Guzan 0%
Hutton 50%
Cissokho 0%
Clark 0%
Senderos 0%
Delph 0%
Sanchez 0%
Richardson 0%
Cleverley 0%
Agbonlahor 0%
Weimann 0%
Sub - Grealish 50%
Sub - N'Zogbia 0%
Sub - Bacuna 0%