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DOH-vid O'Leary In Or Out?!

Well, it is all happening at Villa, unfortunately only in the papers and not at Villa Park.

Doug is said to be on the warpath and I'm sure will leave no stone unturned in finding who was behind the players 'statement' and it looks like he already knows where to point the finger as he said to a reporter this weekend: 'You can guess who has instigated all this'.

In today's Birmingham Mail they say their understanding of the issue is that David O'Leary will certainly not be in charge by the start of the new season. They go further and say that O'Leary will 'pay the price' for the statement which has again dragged the club into the papers for all the wrong reasons - although every word of the statement was true and the shame that Doug Ellis should be feeling is much deserved!

The Mail also claim that at least one senior player who was said to have played a part in the statement is expected to face the first team and club officials today where he will give his version of events. He is said to be ready to apologise for speaking on behalf of the squad without their knowledge but, in his defence, claims he was under instruction from his boss and had little knowledge of the possible consequences .

That is a charge that David O'Leary flatly denies although the links to him leaving Villa Park for the Stadium of Light are growing stronger by the day. Some reports go so far as to suggest that Sunderland have already approached for the under fire bosses services, something Ellis would surely be only to pleased to agree to?

However he has told Sky Sports that he was not behind the statement. Well, someone somewhere is fibbing, would be nice if the people behind it were men enough to own up to it, I'm sure they will forever have the gratitude of the fans for what they have done.

O'Leary has told the Daily Express: 'I was shocked when I read what was said to be a statement from the players. I knew nothing about it and there was no sign of anything like this going on at the training ground. There were no huddles, anything like that. It has shocked me, big time. I have not heard from the chairman with his thoughts on this, he hasn't rung me.'

He has also laughed off speculation linking him with the Black Cats saying 'But this with me and Sunderland is rubbish. There has been no contact and I'm not expecting any. This is a difficult job, but I want to see it through. Players have grumbled and asked why there are so many cutbacks. They question it and they see it as petty. They are talking about clubbing together to bring in a masseur, but in general I have always detected the spirit as being good. That was certainly what I felt on Friday because I thought we'd had a good day of training. Now we've had a weekend off and we'll go back on Monday and try to sort this out between us.'

Adding:

'I don't think any of this will change my relationship with the chairman. Why should it?'

Errm, watch this space David, my information suggest an A-Z of Sunderland has just been bought by a HP (source) close to Villa!!!!

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The Journalist

Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday July 17 2006

Time: 12:38PM

Your Comments

Interesting stuff going on, shame it isn't in the transfer market. IF the statement did come from DOL, then he should resign/be sacked because he used others to deliver the message. If he had done it himself then he should have been applauded. I'm not in any way sure myself, it doesn't seem the sort of thing that players would think to do unaided though as they are the ones on the contracts etc BUT this is totally without precident so I suppose we will all just have to keep guessing?
The Fear
I don't care who was behind the players statement, only that it has embarrassed Ellis. Funny thing is the way he has run Villa and tried to claim credit for everything I thought embarrassment was alien to him. Much as I want to see O'Leary out he has only annoyed me for 3 years, he hasn't fleeced our club for 25 years. Any solution that does not involve the removal of Doug Ellis will not work.
Steve W
Hmmm interesting. Someone's telling porky pies. Need to get to the bottom of it before the start of the new season, that's for sure
cherry_brandy
Who cares who is lying David O'Boring is gone, is that not enough reason to celebrate?
TeddyLyon
In one way it is teddylyon, but on the other hand, I don't trust Ellis to be capable of bringing in a decent manager as replacement. Why would you come as manager when we are supposedly up for sale and also in turmoil? Links to Curbishly have grown recently.
The Fear
A decent manager is a matter of opinion, many still think O'Leary is (I'm not one of them) so surely anyone with some new ideas will be better than O'Leary who has had his chance and failed. Why not promote Cowans, ok little experience but then so had O'Leary when he took over at Leeds and many give him credit for their sucess (personally I think it was a combination of Graham's team and buckets of cash but I could be wrong) the point is, we will never know if Cowans can do it if he doesn't get the chance. Incidentally, one of my favourite managers has just had a bust up with his club and he has been fired so he's available, his name's Tom Norlie and his last club was IK Start in Norway.
Villain Of The North
how many times do we have to tell you guys? SUNDERLAND. DO. NOT. WANT. O'DREARY. ithangyou
Wearside Jack
Pressure is on O'Leary now but again Ellis does not seem answerable to any criticism whatsoever
fatloser
It seems every time criticism comes Ellis' way, he manages to shirk all responsibility. The club have never said the statement doesn't exist, just that it wasn't a collective thing. So which is it Doug? A player revolt or a split dressing room?
DougInABox
 

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