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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?

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Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday April 30 2006

Time: 11:21AM

Your Comments

" oneil would be an inspired move for villa- personally i can't see him coming to you"
millers4eva
" oneil would be an inspired move for villa- personally i can't see him coming to you"
millers4eva
Thanks for stating the obvious millers4eva ;-)
Villain Of The North
Thanks for stating the obvious millers4eva ;-)
Villain Of The North
Could or would anyone feel able to work with Doug? O'Neil would be an inspired choice as manager. However O'Neil has drive, fire, passion and ambition why would he want to fester at Villa for?
still skeggy
Could or would anyone feel able to work with Doug? O'Neil would be an inspired choice as manager. However O'Neil has drive, fire, passion and ambition why would he want to fester at Villa for?
still skeggy
Gregory had drive, fire, passion and ambition too but ultimately he failed as he was scared for his job, until he gave in to his fears he was great for Villa. O'Niel would never need to fear for his job as he has already built up a reputation that could not be destroyed by the constrtaints of working for Ellis. I also always felt that he thrived with the challenge of working on a tight budget to really test his management abilities and that he sometimes got a bit bored at Celtic, only one real challenger in Rangers. We all know that he can motivate, is tactically aware and astute, can spot talent and is a great manager of people, not to mention that he's also good with the press. In short, he is all that O'Leary is not (except for Irish). I don't think that Doug would be a problem for O'Neil, especially if he's looking long term as Doug can not continue long term. I also beleive that Doug would make funds available to O'Neil as he would feel that he could trust him, unlike O'Leary. No matter what is said and felt about Ellis, he did make significant funds available for Little, Gregory and Taylor and you can't hold Doug responsible for buying players like Balaban, that was the manager's decision.
Villain Of The North
Gregory had drive, fire, passion and ambition too but ultimately he failed as he was scared for his job, until he gave in to his fears he was great for Villa. O'Niel would never need to fear for his job as he has already built up a reputation that could not be destroyed by the constrtaints of working for Ellis. I also always felt that he thrived with the challenge of working on a tight budget to really test his management abilities and that he sometimes got a bit bored at Celtic, only one real challenger in Rangers. We all know that he can motivate, is tactically aware and astute, can spot talent and is a great manager of people, not to mention that he's also good with the press. In short, he is all that O'Leary is not (except for Irish). I don't think that Doug would be a problem for O'Neil, especially if he's looking long term as Doug can not continue long term. I also beleive that Doug would make funds available to O'Neil as he would feel that he could trust him, unlike O'Leary. No matter what is said and felt about Ellis, he did make significant funds available for Little, Gregory and Taylor and you can't hold Doug responsible for buying players like Balaban, that was the manager's decision.
Villain Of The North
Good points Villain, he couldn't damage his reputation at Villa and long term could be at a club with top prospects as Ellis is on his way out whether we have to endure slightly longer with him or not.
The Fear
Good points Villain, he couldn't damage his reputation at Villa and long term could be at a club with top prospects as Ellis is on his way out whether we have to endure slightly longer with him or not.
The Fear
O'Neil would be the logical choice i.m.o., but I cannot see him working with Doug. Curbishley, however, might just fit the job and at least get Villa back to where the were when JG left.
the_lergy
O'Neil would be the logical choice i.m.o., but I cannot see him working with Doug. Curbishley, however, might just fit the job and at least get Villa back to where the were when JG left.
the_lergy
hes obviuosly made his mind up already and is waitng for the end of the season to announce that he is coming to forest!
vertigo_red
hes obviuosly made his mind up already and is waitng for the end of the season to announce that he is coming to forest!
vertigo_red
Wasn't it the Everly Brothers who sang "Dream, Dream, Dream".... as if O'Neill - courted by Newcastle (a top 10 club) and England - would go to Villa where the purse strings are tight and the Chairman is an idiot.
pitythefool
Wasn't it the Everly Brothers who sang "Dream, Dream, Dream".... as if O'Neill - courted by Newcastle (a top 10 club) and England - would go to Villa where the purse strings are tight and the Chairman is an idiot.
pitythefool
Or even curbushley. I'd have thought that curbishley had had enough of working on a shoestring and would like to maybe go somewhere that he has some money to spend and work with better players. I think he deserves it.
FEn_100
Or even curbushley. I'd have thought that curbishley had had enough of working on a shoestring and would like to maybe go somewhere that he has some money to spend and work with better players. I think he deserves it.
FEn_100
We need to look elsewhere, to a more realistic target. O'Neill and Villa Park is just not a match. The guy doesnt need the hassle and day to day aggravation that goes with the B6 job. He's proved himself, he doesnt want or need to put his hard earned reputation on the line.
glensider
We need to look elsewhere, to a more realistic target. O'Neill and Villa Park is just not a match. The guy doesnt need the hassle and day to day aggravation that goes with the B6 job. He's proved himself, he doesnt want or need to put his hard earned reputation on the line.
glensider
 

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