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Villa - O'Leary's Last Big Job?

Villa - O'Leary's Last Big Job?

Kevin Blackwell has made a stinging attack on current Aston Villa manager David O'Leary for the 'legacy' he left whilst in charge at Leeds United.

Blackwell, who has received hate mail from Leeds fans, told the Mirror:

'I wasn't the manager who got us relegated, I wasn't the manager who spent £100million, and I wasn't the manager who ruined this football club. I started with no players and no money, but I still have to get this club into the Premiership and do cartwheels. I am very proud to manage Leeds United.'

Ruined one, now moaning and whinging all the way to the bottom of the league with another. This is surely O'Leary's last big job?

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Writer:J P Fear
Date:Saturday April 15 2006
Time: 12:21PM

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I can't remember ever having a manager this unpopular at the club? He's not liked by the fans of his old club, not liked by the fans of his current club, he's not liked in the press, he's not liked by most of the pundits, the players can't be that keen on him the way they have played this year. Seems it is just O'Leary himself who thinks he's great. Fine, we had managers like Turner and O'Neil, but they were out of their depth, not hated for turning on the fans etc. Surely something has got to be done?
The Fear
15/04/2006 12:23:00
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I can't remember ever having a manager this unpopular at the club? He's not liked by the fans of his old club, not liked by the fans of his current club, he's not liked in the press, he's not liked by most of the pundits, the players can't be that keen on him the way they have played this year. Seems it is just O'Leary himself who thinks he's great. Fine, we had managers like Turner and O'Neil, but they were out of their depth, not hated for turning on the fans etc. Surely something has got to be done?
The Fear
15/04/2006 12:23:00
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Doug can't afford the compensation payment if DOL's contract is terminated. So until something else happens, regarding takeovers etc, were stuck with him.
still skeggy
15/04/2006 12:52:00
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Doug can't afford the compensation payment if DOL's contract is terminated. So until something else happens, regarding takeovers etc, were stuck with him.
still skeggy
15/04/2006 12:52:00
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Well if we lose on Sunday i think the fans will turn nasty towards DOL again and deadly maybe forced to wield his axe...the only thing stopping him is the price of termianting DOL's contract. Funny how he and aitken showed passion before he signed his new bumper contract extension now he couldnt care less as he wins either way
son_of_cher
15/04/2006 14:06:00
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Well if we lose on Sunday i think the fans will turn nasty towards DOL again and deadly maybe forced to wield his axe...the only thing stopping him is the price of termianting DOL's contract. Funny how he and aitken showed passion before he signed his new bumper contract extension now he couldnt care less as he wins either way
son_of_cher
15/04/2006 14:06:00
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Even if he is unpopular, i still hope we win on sunday!
andrew144
15/04/2006 14:30:00
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Even if he is unpopular, i still hope we win on sunday!
andrew144
15/04/2006 14:30:00
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Dog CAN afford to sack O'Whingesalot but the point is, at this moment in time, Doug WON'T afford it. It's a question of priorities and Doug does not want to jeopodise his annual bonus due to a lack of funds in the club. However, I think that given the current situation, even Doug might be reprioritising. I truely believe that Herbert Douglas Ellis is a Villa man through and through and that he really does have the club's best intrests at heart, he is just not capable of running a club of this size any more. 10 years ago there were many who were against Doug Ellis but you can't argue with results, actually competing for honours. And to say that he's never spent money is also not true (admitedly he does not spend money now), how many clubs in England have a club record buy of over £9,000,000. Yes guys that's a 9 followed by 6, count them, 6 zeros. I agree that for various reasons he has changed manager too often and often employed new managers to save money but I beleive that it was due to errors of judgement rather than pure miserlyness (is that a word?), he genuinly did not know that investment in a manager is as important, if not more so, than investment in players. I will even credit him with, on occasion, being forward thinking. When he employed Dr Joe, it was a risk but one that could have worked out so differently. Just look at Arsene Wenger, a similarly ceribral manager with very definate ideas on how to build a club for the future. Ok, so Dr Joe was not the man for the job but it had to be worth trying. He later employed John Gregory, former assistant to Brian Little, and it was no coinsidence that when Gregory left the club to manage Wycombe, the clubs fortunes under Little took a nosedive and when he came back as Little's sucessor, things turned arround. Doug loves Aston Villa and he will do the right thing by the club in weilding his axe one more timwe, even if it's the last thing he does for us. Thanks for the finacial stability you gave us in the early days Doug. We know that over the years you've made some really bad moves due to your lack of knowledge but at least your heart was in the right place. I urge you now, show us one last time that you are still a Villain, show O'Leary the door and then pick up your hat and follow him through it.
Villain Of The North
15/04/2006 14:47:00
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Dog CAN afford to sack O'Whingesalot but the point is, at this moment in time, Doug WON'T afford it. It's a question of priorities and Doug does not want to jeopodise his annual bonus due to a lack of funds in the club. However, I think that given the current situation, even Doug might be reprioritising. I truely believe that Herbert Douglas Ellis is a Villa man through and through and that he really does have the club's best intrests at heart, he is just not capable of running a club of this size any more. 10 years ago there were many who were against Doug Ellis but you can't argue with results, actually competing for honours. And to say that he's never spent money is also not true (admitedly he does not spend money now), how many clubs in England have a club record buy of over £9,000,000. Yes guys that's a 9 followed by 6, count them, 6 zeros. I agree that for various reasons he has changed manager too often and often employed new managers to save money but I beleive that it was due to errors of judgement rather than pure miserlyness (is that a word?), he genuinly did not know that investment in a manager is as important, if not more so, than investment in players. I will even credit him with, on occasion, being forward thinking. When he employed Dr Joe, it was a risk but one that could have worked out so differently. Just look at Arsene Wenger, a similarly ceribral manager with very definate ideas on how to build a club for the future. Ok, so Dr Joe was not the man for the job but it had to be worth trying. He later employed John Gregory, former assistant to Brian Little, and it was no coinsidence that when Gregory left the club to manage Wycombe, the clubs fortunes under Little took a nosedive and when he came back as Little's sucessor, things turned arround. Doug loves Aston Villa and he will do the right thing by the club in weilding his axe one more timwe, even if it's the last thing he does for us. Thanks for the finacial stability you gave us in the early days Doug. We know that over the years you've made some really bad moves due to your lack of knowledge but at least your heart was in the right place. I urge you now, show us one last time that you are still a Villain, show O'Leary the door and then pick up your hat and follow him through it.
Villain Of The North
15/04/2006 14:47:00
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