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Send The Message To Martin O'Neil?

It's all going on isn't it?!?!?

The fans are up in arms - not because David O'Leary has departed, I've seen very few tears shed for him - but because the main problem still remains.

The phone-in shows have been jammed with Villa fans seeing passed the manager situation and pointing the finger of blame at Ellis. The press are also fully behind the fact that Ellis needs to go.

However, the one constant theme that all fans seem to be saying when asked, is that Martin O'Neil should be the next manager at Aston Villa. From my personal point of view, I'd walk to lands end to bring him to Villa, I'm sure many fans would, BUT not until Ellis relinquishes control surely? Why would he want to tarnish his reputation with the Ellis brush?

Lets face it, Doug let us down when Brian Clough wanted to come to Villa Park, Doug famously and selfishly said 'there is only one Mr Aston Villa'. Clough was too big a figure for Doug to 'handle' but Clough could have built an empire. Martin O'Neil is in that mold and could also build something massive for us.

Fans on this site are voting overwhelmingly in favour of O'Neil in our poll and I've had several pms asking if we couldn't all send letters of support to Martin O'Neil to tempt him to Villa Park.

I'd go one further and say lets do that, but lets get an ambitious board to match his ambitions!

Anyway, as I've had the request to do this, I've said I will. So why not email me at editor@astonvilla.vitalfootball.co.uk with your letters to O'Neil or leave comments in the article comments box below, or in the forum?

I will then try to ensure that Martin O'Neil gets these letters and realises just how big Aston Villa is and how much Villa fans want him?

(Just to repeat, this isn't an initiative from me, my position won't change, Doug needs to go first, then we can enjoy a new manager and a new era)




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Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday July 20 2006

Time: 12:24PM

Your Comments

If you get Martin O Neil the very best of luck to you. He is the best mamager out there by miles but as you say Deadly Doug needs to go first!!
woddywoo
Martin O Neill is an outstanding manager who is looking to get back into football at this present time. He has turned down a few offers at other clubs which sends out the message that he is waiting for the right club to come in for him. I think he would love the job as villa manaer but like most of us i dont think he would take the job while Ellis is running the club. Ellis do the decent thing and resign for the good of Aston Vila FC and its supporters.
deemz
Interesting that Curbishley is bookies favourite and yet only 3% of Villa fans want him.
Steve W
Cheers Jon, hope last night wasn't to eventfull - i can imagine you didnt get much sleep!! Now we just need to focus our attention to the core of the problem!!
leelindsay
get Martin O'Neil in NOW!!!!, he surlely has more chance of out living our very own mr Burns!.....eexxxcelent.
eltoro
MON is awesome. He is honest, intelligent, a great motivator and media and fan friendly. He also has a track record that might seem made for one of the biggest jobs in football, but they don't come much bigger opportunities than exist at Aston Villa. At a so called very top club he would take over a cub already successful, already playing to full houses, and with the spectre of success meaning if he delivered he would be "continuing" to do a good job. At Villa he would be the Messiah, the rekindler. Season ticket sales would go through the roof, he would bring back fervour and expectation. But he would be given time. He would be appreciated. He knows Midland football, he knows we are a sleeping giant. He also is a huge individual who has his priorities right and puts his family first. Football is not everything but it is the next best thing. Come to Villa Martin. Stay in your home you love. Come to a place you are wanted and where we know we can all be part of a one club Midland Renassance in the current footballing desert of Middle England. See you very soon, please. Your Empire awaits! Graham Page, Blackpool
stennyvilla
Yes stennyvilla, but is he ready and willing to put his career on the line by walking into the hotbed that is currently Villa Park, and working for Ellis and the bunch of weak-kneed yes men that make up our boardroom? I suspect not.
glensider
Come on Mr O'Neil the Villa need & will worship you. I Beg of you, please join the Villa
BKKVILLA
There's no question that O'Neill is the man for the job. The only question is, would he be prepared to see far enough into the future to realise that Ellis is on his way out, one way or another. Doug failed the club, by not hiring Brian Clough and I believe this guy could be a modern day Cloughie. So if he loves the club as much as he says he does, his parting gift can be to pull out all the stops to get MON and then step aside.
DougInABox
 

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