Villa - O'Neill The Preferred Option
Vital Villa asked, following the resignation of Charlton manager Alan Curbishley, if you would like to see him manage Villa.
18% said yes. 5% a straight no. The majority with 49% said they would like to see Alan Curbishley replace David O'Leary BUT only if the club fail in attracting Martin O'Neill. Lets hope the rumours that O'Neill wants to return to management but remain based in the Midlands are true!
28% of the 'enlightened ones' said it will make no difference who manages Villa as long as Ellis is at the helm.
Personally I think it will make a difference but not THE difference. O'Leary has admitted that we have been budgeted to be a top ten side and he did bring in some quality in the summer yet we will finish the season in 16th or 17th place depending on next Sunday's finale.
IF Ellis stays then we have GOT to have a man motivator and a manager who can bring out the best of the sum total of all the parts. David O'Leary is not that man. With a budget he would do a good job but he won't get a decent budget and the constant excuses and digs at the fans have worn the patience of many fans very thin. A survey of season ticket holders had 2/3rds saying they won't renew if David O'Leary remains.
Time will tell. One thing that looks sure is that Alan Curbishley has said he is looking to take a break from the game and doesn't think he will be managing a team come the kick off for the 2006-2007 season. But if a big club comes knocking, will he really turn his back on the chance?
The latest poll is asking for our player of the season for the end of season awards.