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How Do You Feel About O'Leary Now?

All is quiet on the Villa news front so I thought I would test the level of feeling for-or-against the manager David O'Leary now that the memories of last season aren't quite so 'fresh' and the anger has had time to settle.

O'Leary blundered his way to our lowest ever Premiership haul with all sorts of excuses and moans and the fans turned on him like I've not seen before. My feeling is that anger hasn't subsided and season ticket sales are down because of it.

Ellis has treated the fans with disdain for many a long year and the way O'Leary spoke last season I got the feeling he was perfect for Ellis because he talked down to us in exactly the same way. The blatant lie about never being invited to a fans forum didn't help his cause and the constant rubbish he talks at press conferences (putting the majority of reporters to sleep due to the ground hog nature of his briefings), especially the infamous sugarbag comment, only alienated him further.

So how do you feel now? Gutted he is still here? Do you still want him gone? Do you agree with the board for backing him? Should he have had the dignity to walk? And where did I leave my wallet, I've got to go out in a minute and I can't find it anywhere?

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Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday June 13 2006

Time: 11:31AM

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But Doug won't get rid of him, so you have to ask, is Doug about to sell or does he really think that DOL is the man for the job? The former makes more sense to me, Ellis has sacked people for far less than the rubbish we put up with last season. Always on the flip side there is the injuries and small squad BUT there is NO WAY ON EARTH that our squad was as bad as they played last season, we have some good international players and some very decent youth players. Looks like most of them aren't playing for the manager and the only way to correct that is to get rid of the manager. Trouble is you can't then trust doug to bring in the right man for the job, he needs to go first... ARRRRRgggggghhhhhh!
The Fear
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13/06/2006 11:35:00

Dougs stingyness and lack of ambition are keeping him here. Under any other chairman he'd be gone by now, and rightly so.
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13/06/2006 11:37:00

DOL is waiting to be sacked to get a pay-out and DD is waiting for him to quit to save the money. they'll both most likely be here when i'm dead and in the ground! How much to hire some rough types to make them 'sleep with the fishes'? Or have them assasinated?! ha ha
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13/06/2006 11:49:00

I take take another season of DOL. It's gonna drive me mad!
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13/06/2006 11:55:00

looks like hes stating like it or not.We may as well get behind the players see how the first few weeks of the season go..
south coast villain
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13/06/2006 12:06:00

Very Good.
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13/06/2006 12:16:00

Sorry, but as long as he is there my money stays in my pocket.
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13/06/2006 12:18:00

Agree with south coast villain. We're stuck with him now and we may as well support the players. Definitely think that DOL won't walk, even if we have an awful start. He'll wait to be sacked so he gets his pay off. I think if the start is bad, Ellis will have no choice but to sack him. But then again, we thought that at the end of the season. And you never know with Herbert
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13/06/2006 12:19:00

I'm with Bubbadog. Ellis at VP = My wallet at home.. (or at Bromsgrove Rovers).
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13/06/2006 12:47:00

Big Yid, didn't expect to see the words 'very good' in a thread about DOL, so I'll assume you mean my ***** take!!!
The Fear
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13/06/2006 13:02:00

Ellis is the future ! lol
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13/06/2006 13:11:00

AH Yes, good to see all the Villa fans back from holiday and ready to begin the (sledge) fight for thr season ahead. Never liked DoL, played for Arsenal and was boring, just my input.
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13/06/2006 13:23:00

We have no choice but to see what happens in the early part of the season. But if there's anything like a repeat of last season showing by December, then he must surely have to go.
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13/06/2006 14:43:00

The future of what Cross?!? Glad you put a LOL at the end of that anyway!!! :( Agree lergy, we are stuck with him UNLESS we get a takeover (it could still happen) as they will see sense and want to bring their own man in surely? Martin O'Neill would come, I have no doubts at all, he knows the size and potential of Villa.
The Fear
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13/06/2006 15:06:00

Get rid of DOL and Ellis the sooner the better! Steen
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13/06/2006 17:53:00

I agree that we are stuck with the tw*t for now, so lets just get behind the team and see what a bit of fan motivation can do, as we all know what O'Leary can do, sweet FA (no I don't mean that he should be employed in some sort of role at the FA ;o))
Villain Of The North
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13/06/2006 18:22:00

I feel sorry for ya i really do!!!
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13/06/2006 22:08:00

If we're top half of the table at Christmas with a good shout of Europe, will people change their minds?
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14/06/2006 08:49:00

I'm looking forward to another season, when the team are struggling on the pitch, and I look across from my seat in the Witton Lane Upper to see what inspiration is going to come from the bench, and I see a showroom dummy propping up the dugout! I can't wait.
Bigwire McGuire
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14/06/2006 11:42:00

I wouldn't Gazton, I've found the bloke to offensive and self serving, still would rather he got us to the top half than not though!
The Fear
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14/06/2006 16:45:00

I think that he's a no better than average manager, who still has it all to prove. I think he's made bad decisions, and huge mistakes in signing players, coaching them, playing them, and dealing with them. I think he's treated supporters with a demeaning, arrogant attitude, and his failure to handle the media, in particularly the local press, is another sore point. However, I'm glad he's staying. Until Ellis goes I want no more changes in team management. All too often over the years Ellis has directed blame elsewhere, pointed the finger of guilt at others, all the time escaping with his own neck. Ellis, Stride and the rest of this impotent board out, then I'll start worrying about a change in manager.
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14/06/2006 18:13:00

Wait for Ellis to go (one way or another) and O'Leary will follow there is a game of brinkmanship going on. Ellis cannot afford to sack him and O'Leary wont resign.... result Ellis minimising the saleability of the club and DOL overseeing poor to mediocre football from an uninspiring squad... excitement level nil! (Fatloser returns with an even more pessimistic outlook than before)
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14/06/2006 18:37:00

O'leary's biggest mistake has been putting up for Ellis in front of people like Jon Fear and Bill Howell who have consistently gone after him ever since. If he had played to the audience at the AGM as other managers have done and not rocked Fear's balls he wouldn't be so openly criticised. As with all Villa maangers under Ellis he has fallen short because of Ellis scatty management and transfer dealings. Unlike past managers he hasn't bleated openly to some moronic scribe about his disatisfaction, and then after lining his pockets jumped ship. He has made some awful mistakes but I doubt any of them were not done with a full stack of knowledge. He hasn't had the best of luck, but for me his biggest failing remains, he hasn't succoured up enough to the fan emperors who write the policy for those fans with limited enough intellect they can't think for themselves.
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14/06/2006 20:03:00


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