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New Manager Arrival Feared?

New Manager Arrival Feared?

With reports appearing in the Mail (the favoured outlet for leaks from the board) suggesting that Villa hope to make a managerial appointment in time for the pre season tour which begins on Monday, a number of worrying issues arise.

With Michael Neville's consortium having yet to arrange a meeting with Mr Aston Villa agreement would seem to be a long way off. Two other consortiums are thought to be interested and obviously an astute businessman such as Doug Ellis will want to weigh up the options and decide what is the best deal for Doug Ellis. Or Aston Villa if you prefer to believe that fairy story. Whatever he decides will take some time.

Though the USA option seems to be fading fans favourite Martin O'Neill is thought to be the first choice of both the Neville group and Randy Lerner. However it has been widely reported that O'Neill is not interested while Ellis remains in charge.

If a takeover is close - and many of us remain dubious about Ellis's true intentions - surely it would be irresponsible of the board to appoint a manager who did not meet with the approval of any new consortium. But with the League season three weeks away there is pressure on the board either to make an appointment or make it clear Roy Aitken will carry on in a caretaker role.

The appointment of Martin O'Neill would be fantastic for two reasons. Firstly, he is a proven manager who has vastly improved the standing of every club he has managed. Secondly, if his reported comments are true it would send a signal that the removal of Ellis from Villa Park was at hand.

However, the appointment of an unpopular manager (Hoddle, Souness, Reid - name your own particular muppet) would indicate that Ellis was not planning to leave any time soon. And we'd all love that, wouldn't we?

By Steve W

Writer:J P Fear
Date:Friday July 28 2006
Time: 4:05PM


ive got a sneaky suspicion that we might hear something later today.
28/07/2006 16:08:00
it's just getting ridiculous. will this man ever just leave us alone?! I have no trust in Ellis, whatsoever choosing a new manager. How can he say that there will be transfers whilst the takeover is going on, and then appoint a new manager?
28/07/2006 16:11:00
I honestly now think that alot of this stuff we hear in the press is made up or based on very little (such as rumours floating round the average staff down at villa park), we rarely have quotes coming from anybody inside villa park. I think that if Doug didnt have the intention of selling up we would not have so many people intrested plus Mike Neville would of been on his bike by now.
28/07/2006 16:12:00
I hate to say this, but I think death will be the only we we will be rid of that awful man
irish villa
28/07/2006 16:21:00
I said earlier, we'll only see the back of him when they're nailing the lid down
28/07/2006 16:22:00
i agree with irish villa sooner rather than later ha ha!!
28/07/2006 16:38:00
The thought of Ellis appointing a new manager of his choosing had indeed crossed my mind. Its definitely something that the old fool would do, believing that it would calm the troubled waters, and defer the supporters minds away from a possible takeover. Martin O'Neill, quite clearly the number one choice amongst the supporters, has supposedly stated that he would not be keen to move to B6 if it meant working alongside Ellis, so you can assume then that that rules him out. Surely though no other manager would consider moving into the hot seat knowing what he must about the current situation, without some sort of absolute guarantee from the old man that he would be around for the long term, and that a takeover that would put his position in jeopardy was not going to happen? Worrying times indeed.
28/07/2006 17:11:00
This looks promising...'s Group has apprently 20 mill to spend straight away for the new manager, which they state will be Mr O'Neil.
28/07/2006 17:12:00
No quotes from Villa Park? Doug hasn't bothered communicating with us for 40 years, so it's a safe bet he's not about to start now. Anyway he's too busy writing his next 7 day business plan because at 83, I imagine you don't think too much about the future!
28/07/2006 17:55:00
Watch out Carrick just signed for Utd, Spurs will want a replacement. I hope Doug does not get any bright ideas before he sells with Barry. It would be a great parting finger to the fans!
NY Villa
28/07/2006 21:08:00
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