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Aitken Made Caretaker At Villa

Roy Aitken has been installed as caretaker boss as the crisis at Aston Villa continues.

Following the departure of David O'Leary last night, Aitken, just back from a health scare, has taken training at Bodymoor Heath this morning as Villa prepare for a pre-season friendly against Walsall tomorrow night at the Bescot Stadium.

today insisted the dramatic events of the last 24 hours will not have an adverse effect on Villa's pre-season preparations.
Aitken told the official site: 'I've spoken to the players this morning and told them we have to look to the future. We have to get on with the job in hand. The boys have worked very hard in training over the last two weeks and the mood is good. I know there have been reports of splits and things like that, but that's not what I'm seeing in the dressing room. You'll always get cliques. Sometimes these are based on nationality, sometimes on age or whatever, but that's been the same since I was a player and you get it at every club in the world.'

'What I know is that when the players come out to train and when they cross that line at Walsall, they're all pulling together.'

On the departed boss he said: 'I spoke to Dave last night and he was obviously disappointed, But he wished me all the best and passed on his best wishes to the players and the club. I've worked with Dave for a number of years - at Leeds and here at Villa - and I am personally sorry to see him go. But I've been involved in football long enough to know that these things happen and you have to move on.'

Aitken is currently 20/1 to be the next boss, on that subject he said:

'I've got my own track record in management up in Scotland. I won a trophy with Aberdeen and I know what the job is all about. I've had a lot of responsibility here at Villa over the last three years and I'm grateful to the club for the opportunity I've been given. I'm not fazed by this. Now I'll just concentrate on getting the players ready for the start of our pre-season games.'




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Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday July 20 2006

Time: 12:39PM

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not sure what to make of the ginger whinger, wasnt he DOL's best pal? I think he's a liablilty personally but at least he shows a bit of passion
son_of_cher
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20/07/2006 13:08:00

20/1 are great odds. Doug might put him in full time if he thinks bids are likely to come in the next 6 months. He is low wages and would probably expect no cash for players. Im going to stick a tenner on.
tylervilla
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20/07/2006 16:02:00

Just shows the level of morality in british soocer is very poor.
avfc48
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20/07/2006 17:13:00

He'll be off to Sunderland with O'Leary by the end of next week
fatloser
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20/07/2006 17:44:00

Do you think so avfc48? Surely DOL would have done the same? I think Aitken knows he won't be permanent, but would have harmed his reputation if he'd just dropped it all surely?
The Fear
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20/07/2006 17:47:00

Good luck to the guy. He's gonna need it. Hope that healthwise he's o.k. too. Guess we'll get some indication about him and the way he operates when he starts picking and choosing some teams. Lets see if he gives the likes of Berson and Djemba-Djemba an opportunity to stake a claim, or whether he stays true to O'Leary's failed formula. As son_of_cher says, he does show some touchline passion, so hopefully he can get his ideas across to the squad, gee 'em up a bit, get some passion into them. Its an opportunity for him to step out of the shadows, so fingers crossed, and lets hope we're all more than pleasantly surprised.
glensider
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20/07/2006 22:57:00

I think his better then o'leary but what about brian little is he worth another shot at the job
kentkidvillian
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21/07/2006 08:42:00

The club should have cleared him out with O'Leary. There's no way he can be next manager, so why didn't the club just get rid of the O'Leary era once and for all and give Sid Cowans the caretakers job?
DougInABox
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21/07/2006 11:20:00

 

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