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O'Leary Out To Prove Doubters Wrong

David O'Leary is on the attack as he looks to prove his doubters wrong.

The under-fire boss, installed as the favourite amongst bookies to be the next manager for the chop, has said that only a minority are against him and that he will prove them wrong.

He told the official site: 'The fans are frustrated and it's been building up for a long time. I can understand that frustration because it's built up over so many years. They want to know now what's happening. There's a certain section who take their anger out on me, but I understand why and that's up to them. But let's not judge it on what we read in the papers.'

He continued: 'I meet that many decent people who say 'Keep the faith, it will come right' and hopefully it will. You see two banners in a crowd of 32,000 people, but there's so many people telling me 'We know what youčre trying to do'. The media doesn't really represent the man on the street, but we've all got to accept it. I was at games last season and the stick Alan Curbishley got was absolutely frightening. And the stick Alan Pardew got all the way through last year was vile ­ he got 12 months of vileness. Steve McClaren, like myself, has only had a little bit.'

He also admits: 'It's not nice and it gets to you, especially to the people I might have at the ground. But we all have to accept that's part and parcel of today's game now. That's life and you have to get on with it. It bothers my family more and yes, you want to protect them. What hurts me is that I'm trying to do desperately well for this football club. I'm trying to keep people's spirits up around the place and trying to develop the young.'

However he says he is using the abuse as a spur to make him stronger: 'When I see the reaction of the fans it makes me more determined to put things right. The more I hear, the more I want to put things right. Yes, I get frustrated, tired and bogged down of fighting the same things. But if I get it right here, I can look into some of those people's faces and say: 'I've showed you'.'




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Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday March 31 2006

Time: 12:53PM

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Minority my arsenal! I was at Everton and I'd say a good 80% were calling for his head that day, and I dont believe it was much better vs Fulham. This guy is living in his own little world and the sooner he gets out of ours the better.
DeanoVilla
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31/03/2006 13:36:00

Minority my arsenal! I was at Everton and I'd say a good 80% were calling for his head that day, and I dont believe it was much better vs Fulham. This guy is living in his own little world and the sooner he gets out of ours the better.
DeanoVilla
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31/03/2006 13:36:00

Sod it eh? If he does prove us all wrong then I'll be more than happy to admit he's a good manager. He has to prove this first though.
murph
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31/03/2006 13:43:00

Sod it eh? If he does prove us all wrong then I'll be more than happy to admit he's a good manager. He has to prove this first though.
murph
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31/03/2006 13:43:00

He will never be a success, neither at Villa or any club. I wiould bet big on that!
deanovilla
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31/03/2006 17:11:00

He will never be a success, neither at Villa or any club. I wiould bet big on that!
deanovilla
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31/03/2006 17:11:00

I really wish he would turn things around and prove the ever increasing majority wrong, but I cant help feeling that in reality he's already cut his own throat, what with his seeming inability to halt the slide, accompanied with his ever growing digs at supporters. A lot of what he says I personally agree with, but there's ways to say things to get your point across without demeaning long suffering supporters, who quite have endured for too long, very sub-standard performances. If the team were performing, supporters would have a higher tolerance level for his outbursts.
glensider
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31/03/2006 21:03:00

I really wish he would turn things around and prove the ever increasing majority wrong, but I cant help feeling that in reality he's already cut his own throat, what with his seeming inability to halt the slide, accompanied with his ever growing digs at supporters. A lot of what he says I personally agree with, but there's ways to say things to get your point across without demeaning long suffering supporters, who quite have endured for too long, very sub-standard performances. If the team were performing, supporters would have a higher tolerance level for his outbursts.
glensider
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31/03/2006 21:03:00

What else can he say? 'I'm crap but I have the job and I'm not going to quit cause I'll get millions if I'm sacked'?
ooahPaulMcGrath
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01/04/2006 07:14:00

What else can he say? 'I'm crap but I have the job and I'm not going to quit cause I'll get millions if I'm sacked'?
ooahPaulMcGrath
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01/04/2006 07:14:00

Been talk of more banners for todays game, will be interesting to see if the script writers have been busy this week coming up with something funny.
The Fear
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01/04/2006 11:57:00

Been talk of more banners for todays game, will be interesting to see if the script writers have been busy this week coming up with something funny.
The Fear
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01/04/2006 11:57:00

 

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