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No New Manager Please - Not Yet!

No New Manager Please - Not Yet!

No New Manager Thank You.

The press aren't now talking about whether David O'Leary will be sacked, they are talking about WHEN David O'Leary will be sacked.

Relations between Doug and the manager have been stretched to breaking point and if not for a lack of funds, it seems highly likely Doug's axe would have fallen at the end of the season.

Now David O'Leary has made many mistakes, as Pat Murphy said in an article today, It's never worked out for O'Leary at Villa. The chemistry just isn't there..... Now I fully agree with that, he has never 'felt' like a Villa man and has done little or nothing to ingratiate himself with the fans.

BUT and it is a big but....... do you really trust Doug Ellis to chose another manager?

I'm no great fan of David O'Leary, I feel the same way as the majority of fans seem to that he has talked the club down, moaned at the fans and talked up the relationship with Doug Ellis. Calling us fickle and sugarbags was never going to be a good move. So why am I not clamouring for his dismissal and jumping for joy at the prospect?

Simple answer is that the Menace of B6 would once again escape the lions share of the blame, the fans would once again be promised 'the next golden era' and I'm sorry to say many would fall for it.

YES, I wouldn't mind seeing David O'Leary leave BUT I want Ellis to go first, then we get a new consortium who can choose 'their' man and we get a clean sweep throughout Villa. Anyone coming in whilst Ellis is still there takes the risk of being tarnished like most of our other ex (and present) managers have been with the Ellis restrictions.

The bookies have installed Martin O'Neil and Alan Curbishley as favourites to take over from O'Leary. Hey, I'd personally walk to wherever O'Neil lived and beg him to come to Villa Park, he is THE MAN that would build an empire at Villa Park, but please, not until Ellis has left.

The players statement - and no matter what semantics you try to use, some senior players have released that statement - point the finger of blame to the right person, the man at the top. O'Leary has done himself no favours in his behaviour, especially last season, but Ellis is the cancer eating at the heart of this club and until he goes, nothing will change, NOTHING WILL CHANGE.

You also have to ask yourself why Curbishley - who said he wanted a year off from football - or Martin O'Neil - whose reputation is second to none - would want to come to a club in crisis? Why would they want to work with Doug Ellis when all others have failed? How could they re-build the team with no money to spend and little prospect of money without sales?

So - Martin O'Neil - YES PLEASE - but lets see Ellis out first.

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:J P Fear
Date:Tuesday July 18 2006
Time: 12:41PM


" martin oneill would be perfect for you- hes a very strong character and puts up with nothing"
18/07/2006 12:43:00
I can what your saying and you know I want HDE removed by whatever means but I'd happily take O'Neil now whilst he is available, rather than wait for HDE to be moved on and find that O'Neil is in another job.
18/07/2006 12:47:00
i think a miracle is who you need.
18/07/2006 13:11:00
I'm with Aronno on this. HDE will not be around much longer, either way. No new owners would dare to get rid of O'Neil and why would they want to, even if his start weren't that great.
18/07/2006 13:13:00
Totally agree with JP. The squeeze has to go toward ellis and not o'leary. I keep saying it but the only way to get him to lower his price and bugger off is to stop filling his pockets. Its harsh to do this to the team you love but I cant see any other way. No season tickets, no odd games, no shirts or merchandise. No money to Ellis untill he goes. Forget about getting a top manager in while Ellis is here for said reasons. They wont be interested.
18/07/2006 13:15:00
I agree 100% Ellis must go followed by DOL. What an incredably pompus man, firstly he calls a stand after himself and secoundly he still thinks he has done and is doing a great job at Villa. Unfortunetly I cannot see him leave on his feet.
irish villa
18/07/2006 13:23:00
I don't think all the pressure in the world could make Ellis go of his own free will. He will never leave - but he does look ill
Steve W
18/07/2006 13:27:00
I think Oleary should be allowed to stay if Ellis does in fact leave. If you look at the poll the majority think that Oleary has been a part of the revolution, he should be given a chance. I dont agree with his game management last year but this is the most united I have felt the players and for him not to toe the company line on this is admirable.
NY Villa
18/07/2006 14:10:00
lets hope dickhead doug is ousted!
18/07/2006 14:26:00
The only way I can see for Ellis to get out of this mess and still be chairman is to sack O'Leary. He'll hope that will shift the blame away from himself and keep the wolves at bay a little while longer. But who on earth would want to come and work for that old tw*t. You can be sure Martin O'Neill doesn't need that stress. The dead wood needs to go and we need to start again. So that means goodbye Doug, goodbye David
18/07/2006 16:22:00
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