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O'Leary Transfer Blow?

Looks like James Milner will be staying with Newcastle next season according to their official site.

Milner, who spent the season on loan at Villa as part of a deal that saw Nobby Solano return to St James Park, has now had contact with new manager Glenn Roeder and it appears the winger has a future with the Magpies.

Roeder told NUFC: 'I have already met James, and I have told him I am very happy for him to stay here. He told me that he knows nobody can be guaranteed first team football, but all he wanted was a fair opportunity and he is happy at what I told him.'

Adding: 'He has been away at Aston Villa for a year, and let's hope that even though he is still only 20 he comes back better for the experience and a lot more mature and assertive.'

That could be a massive blow to David O'Leary who was desperate to buy the former Leeds player and build the team around him. Still, if Villa ever put a bid in, Newcastle's resolve MIGHT be tested. Bad business though, Villa should have had a buy on clause put in the loan contract.

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Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday June 22 2006

Time: 12:23PM

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Ridiculous! What another monumental ****up Villa have made of this. So what's Doug's excuse for losing us Solano and Milner and not agreeing a fee to buy Milner when we initially took him on loan? The bloke is f**king useless.
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22/06/2006 12:28:00

No! No! No! We cannot let this happen. Doug pay up or we will make it cost you more in lost revenue. No tickets, no shirts, no nothing. We must stand up before we get relegated with no way back.
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22/06/2006 12:37:00

Will be a blow to O'Leary, like or loathe him, how is he meant to build anything at Villa with this sort of transfer stupidity going on?
The Fear
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22/06/2006 12:39:00

I don't think this one has been settled yet.
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22/06/2006 12:40:00

whos gonna play right midfield!?
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22/06/2006 12:46:00

oh well uve blown that i dont think its down to DOL is is? its down the the man above offering peanuts
green giant 12
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22/06/2006 12:47:00

I have said this before and I will say this again. ELLIS AT VILLA PARK, ME AND MY WALLET AT HOME. I join a growing gang, my dad, my two brothers (one of whom has given up getting his 26th season ticket in a row) and four mates who will NEVER, NEVER return until this waster has left.
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22/06/2006 12:56:00

Do you not think that the Owen injury had something to do with it?
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22/06/2006 13:26:00

Too much panic, lets wait and see, we need to get something official from VP and not from web sites.
irish villa
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22/06/2006 14:50:00

I think it was from the official Newcastle site. That source is as reliable as any
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22/06/2006 15:35:00

Well looks like De La Cruis might be offred a new contract after all, and I guess Hendry will be staying too, if not we will be seriously exposed with only Gardener to play on the right. Must say though, I quite like DLC on the right wing, just as long as he has a decent defender behind him.
Villain Of The North
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22/06/2006 19:04:00

I am still convinced that Ellis is undermining DOL's every move. First Bakke, then Broomfield, now possibly Milner, in the hope that he will walk with out the compo being paid. Or does the old twot not want to release any funds to him as he knows he is not here for long. I am not an O'leary fan but he now doesn't have just one hand tied behind his back, the old codger is fastening the last belt on his straightjacket as we speak... Remember Richard Murray at Charlton told my mate O'leary has til Christmas and Curbishley is lined up.
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22/06/2006 19:17:00

We've had more than enough time to at least lodge a reasonable bid. That we've done absolutely nothing just about sums up everything that is so very wrong at B6.
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22/06/2006 19:21:00

Fatloser, do you know, I think you may be spot on with your comment about Ellis and D'OL.
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23/06/2006 08:38:00

it just gets worse and worse, can you remember the last piece of genuine good news you heard about the villa??
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23/06/2006 12:08:00

Would like to see Curbs at the Villa. I'm convinced that even though DOL has to work for the worst chairman in football, another manager would be able to motivate what is a talented squad. But where do we go from here? Do they have a back up right-sided transfer target, or was it Milner or no-one?!
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23/06/2006 13:35:00

routledge would be a good signing to replace jimmy if he doesnt come. He's young, english and has bags of potential, he's the sort of player we would normally go for
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23/06/2006 14:16:00

This is a classic, what should have happened is a price negotiated for an option to buy. It is unbelievable again that we loose a player like Nobby, make Milner into a great player and the loose that player now, with so much more experience.
NY Villa
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23/06/2006 14:27:00


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