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Will The Next Mug Step Forward?

Will The Next Mug Step Forward?

David O'Leary joined Aston Villa in May 2003 following the departure of Graham Taylor.

His appointment appeared rushed and was a surprise because Doug Ellis - the Menace of B6 - had promised they would take their time over the appointment and not make a decision until July.

O'Leary took Villa to 6th in the 2003/04 season with 15 wins, 11 draws and 12 losses but missed out on Europe due to Millwall's FA Cup final appearance.

The next season saw a decline in position after O'Leary was forced to shed even more of the squad. We finished 10th with 12 wins, 11 draws and 15 losses.

The 05/06 was a total disaster despite the arrival of Milan Baros. In fairness to O'Leary the squad was small but the negativity had spread and as well as a humiliating 3-0 cup defeat at the hands of Doncaster, Villa were sucked into a relegation battle finishing 16th with the worst start to a season for 30 years. 10 wins, 12 draws, 16 losses.

O'Leary was Doug's 13th manager, unlucky for some. Ellis promised O'Leary would be his last manager, so lets hope he is true to his word. No, of-course he won't be, he'll be there to herald the next golden era any day now.

Tommy Docherty: 1968-70;
Vic Crowe: 1970-74;
Ron Saunders: 1974-82;
Tony Barton: 1982-84;
Graham Turner: 1984-86;
Billy McNeil: 1986-87;
Graham Taylor: 1987-90;
Jozef Venglos: 1990-91;
Ron Atkinson: 1991-94;
Brian Little: 1994-98;
John Gregory: 1998-2002;
Graham Taylor: 2002-2003,
David O`Leary: 2003 - 2006.

Next mug to fall for the Ellis spin? 2006- (potentially 2008 or 2009).


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Writer:J P Fear
Date:Wednesday July 19 2006
Time: 11:20PM

Comments

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Hope we get o'neill. Can you get rid of O'Leary on your banner thing JP. Ta
groseyboy
19/07/2006 23:58:00
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I dont for one minute believe that we're going to be inundated with suitable applications. I think Ellis and his crew are in for an almighty shock. Managers are not going to be beating a path to Villa Park to apply for this little number. Why put their necks and reputation on the line to come and work for Ellis and co?
glensider
20/07/2006 03:42:00
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Have you considered the fact that a manager is not actually required at Villa, you have the Op's guy upstairs playing beancounter, media man, secretary (typing) etc so why would Doug not pop down and run the training I know he probably cannot bend down to show the Villa players how to pick the ball up out of their own net but I am sure he can do the rest, picking the team is easy when you only have 12 players as for recruitment, well its SELL SELL SELL.
TeddyLyon
20/07/2006 04:46:00
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We must be careful or we may end up with a graham souness, glenn hoddle or alan mcleish type.
tylervilla
20/07/2006 08:49:00
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Or perhaps you mean "Alex McLeish" ? ;o)
Villain Of The North
20/07/2006 09:38:00
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what a ridiculous situation you lot find yourselves in coz of the doug meister. one of the biggest clubs in europe and you are getting shat on from a big height.......
woddywoo
20/07/2006 10:46:00
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