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Is A New Manager Set To Be Declared?

There are a few whispers coming out of the club that a new manager is set to be announced. Ok, I'd have looked at that and thought when weren't there whispers coming out of the club?

However, I just went to Bet Square to see the latest odds for the new Villa manager and what did I see?

By all the names it says, betting closed. The other sites seem to still be taking bets and as I'm not really a gambling man, I might be wrong, but surely if you suspend all bets, it is because you know something?!


The press association are suggesting that Martin O“Neill could be coming before the takeover happens and I've certainly heard a few other whispers about that, but lets face it, these things are more often than not just rumours with little foundation.

Then, just to add more confusion to the picture, AV06, a group led by Nicholas Padfield QC who are interested in buying Villa, have said if O'Neill is appointed, they will be off to pastures new as they want to bring in their own management team.

They are said to be looking to appoint Danish legends Michael Laudrup and John Jensen.

Bill Howell's report quotes an AV06 source: 'We have heard that Martin O'Neill has been identified by Villa and if that is the case, we will withdraw from the running. We have our own management structure in place and will go elsewhere.'

Interesting times! Seems the Bodymoor whispers are suggesting a new man is about to come in. Could all be pie in the sky though, I'm not claiming any knowledge on this, so don't shoot the messenger!

If O'Neill is coming in, that must surely mean that Doug is on his way out, O'Neill wouldn't be daft enough to lumber himself with Ellis as a chairman, not long term.

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Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday July 31 2006

Time: 5:41PM

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Bit late in the day to be announcing a manager isn't it?
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31/07/2006 17:43:00

Exciting innit?
Cheshire Villan
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31/07/2006 17:47:00

Don't get me wrong, it is only bet square at the moment, what with the whispers etc, I thought it was interesting, but nothing is ever clear at Villa, could all be wrong. Interesting the one group are looking at a different management team though!
The Fear
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31/07/2006 17:51:00

I am genuinely excited! Wonder what Michael Laudrup and John Jensen can bring to the table. I have no idea. What we do know is that with MON we get a motivator and somebody that will make the best of the current squad. Interesting because all that I have read and heard suggests that he is not that hands on a manager. I rememebr one of the Leicester players being interviewed and saying that they only see him a couple of days a week. Must be a good backroom staff that he brings with him.
Cheshire Villan
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31/07/2006 17:58:00

The one ray of hope in all this is that MO'N hasn't actually denied any interest in managing Villa, which surely he would have done, if only to get the press off his back. But why on earth would AV06 want Laudrup and Jensen over O'Neil? Baffling.
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31/07/2006 17:59:00

Again a lot of speculation, but to me this is insane. As much as I want MON as the manager why would you appoint a manager before the buyer. I think it is another ploy to quite down the fans.
NY Villa
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31/07/2006 18:38:00

Oh no Souness.
still skeggy
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31/07/2006 18:43:00

Last time betting was suspended on something to do with Villa it was Baros and that turned out to be true so maybe this story has a bit of mileage
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31/07/2006 19:03:00

the betting has been closed on bet 365 also. Announcement tonight maybe ? Come on MON !!!
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31/07/2006 19:05:00

can anyone post the link for the sites which say the betting is closed please, as i can not find where it says it on any websites
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31/07/2006 19:32:00

I've got close ties to Denmark and it seems Danish money is playing a part in the AV06 bid, hence Laudrup and Jensen. Other whispers seem to indicate that the Still bid is now the frontrunner, subject to Lerner showing his true hand. MON would be a great appointment and proof that Doug is about to vacate his office at long last. Haven't been this excited for 25 years!
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31/07/2006 19:42:00
The Fear
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31/07/2006 19:42:00

You can still place a bet with Betfair where O'Neils price has tumbled to 5/6. Interestingly Neil Warnock is now 2nd favourite at 7/1
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31/07/2006 20:07:00

Sorry folks this just gets worse. Souness will be announced tommorrow. This source is usually pretty reliable.
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31/07/2006 20:30:00

qking what planet are you on
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31/07/2006 20:46:00

Don't get me wrong, I loathe Souness...just passing on what I heard..and it has some substance.
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31/07/2006 20:49:00

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31/07/2006 20:51:00

Betfair has come back online
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31/07/2006 20:54:00

well qKing you can get 35/1 on Betfair for Souness so if you believe your source, pile in and maybe you could buy the club!!! Unless you are talking poo ofcourse?
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31/07/2006 21:02:00

Interestingly Aitken has dropped from 25/1 to 9/1 in the last hour
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31/07/2006 21:02:00

I work for one of the bookmakers you mentioned. You are getting excited over nothing - we pretty much always close the book on things like manager appointments overnight and re-open the next morning, just in case something should happen or leak overnight. It doesnt happen every night - it depends on which odds compilers are around the office at the time, but it is relatively standard procedure. Sorry!
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31/07/2006 21:11:00

On the ladbrookes website neil warnock (Colin W***er) was at 9/2. 2nd favourite ! That would be bad ! Very bad !!! he is at 14/1 on other sites though. a bit weird really ! Anyway this week is the week that Randy comes in and saves us ! We need to be positive !
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31/07/2006 21:25:00

Neil Warnock has come out of nowhere on Betdaq too. He's still way behind O Neill (4/5). Warnock is at 9/1.
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31/07/2006 22:52:00

Come on get real. These consortiums haven't even put a bid in yet. Why would they be talking about anything to do with their agenders? Which manger this and which tea lady there. Where is all this ***** coming from? THE TRUTH IS OUT THERE
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31/07/2006 23:26:00

Watch out qKing the Alien abductors have their many eyes on you
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31/07/2006 23:31:00

I've heared a rumour that MON has signed a contract worth 2million a year with setanta sports to be their main man. He is also reportedly still getting £750k a year from the Celts, (haven't a clue why). How is he going to manage us and be the Gary Liniker of setanta at the same time ?? mind you, if he did he'd still do a better job than DOL..
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01/08/2006 00:04:00

hang on to your hats boys, radio 5 had a story at 11:30pm that Lerner is to reopen talks with wise old Doug shortly. Personaly I hope Doug forgets to turn up and the deal goes ahead without him.
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01/08/2006 00:12:00

Bookies do not usualy get it that wrong so maybe we will have O'Neill shortly. Then if that happens surly he will want to keep Barry??
irish villa
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01/08/2006 08:07:00

All papers this morning are saying that the new manager is about to be unveiled. The Telegraph are saying that MON is now willing to work for DD.. I always knew he was a sandwich short of a picnic!!! Lets hope he does.. and that Ellis stays and in 3 years time the sites can have the same posts on them all over again while you look for manager number 15 !!!!
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01/08/2006 08:19:00

lil_blues_fan, your my kind of fan - totally bananas - Haven't you been reading my posts - Ellis was abducted by aliens, probably still probing for a consience as we speak. Watch out THE TRUTH IS OUT THERE
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01/08/2006 08:33:00

God help the aliens if they abducted Ellis as a random earthling!!!! They'll have a shock when they eventually land then... they'll think we're a planet of senile old fools!!!!!
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01/08/2006 08:37:00

What do you mean 'when they land' take a close long look at your boss when you get to work or when you get'll find they have already landed ... THE TRUTH IS OUT THERE
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01/08/2006 09:22:00

Odds on O'Neill are dropping ridiculously low. 5/8 on Betfair now. I'd expect an announcement within 48 hours confirming O'Neill as manager!!! OH HAPPY DAYS!
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01/08/2006 09:29:00

Why is everyone getting excited? We need a new owner first, otherwise we will just be on the same old merry go round - THE TRUTH IS OUT THERE
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01/08/2006 09:33:00

If a new manager is appoint surely that points to a new owner not being far behind? I'm sure theres a twisted logic there somewhere.
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01/08/2006 09:45:00

No it doesn't. Not when Ellis is involved. THE TRUTH IS OUT THERE
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01/08/2006 09:48:00

Get ready guys - just heard from some visitors that an anouncement is going to be made at VP at noon. THE TRUTH IS OUT THERE
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01/08/2006 10:02:00

Clubcall are saying Oneil isn't sure. Don't know anything about a press conference today - so far as I am aware.
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01/08/2006 10:20:00

MON has gone 1/10 with Bet Direct.......the Master cometh
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01/08/2006 10:22:00

Whats a small heath fan doing on a site that talks about premier stuff Doug will make a fortune out of his book when this is all over
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01/08/2006 13:53:00

I'm still clinging to the hope and belief that no Ellis appointed manager is named. Unless O'Neill is installed, it will prove that Ellis intends to remain, but even if O'Neill does decide to chance his luck working under Doug, the old boy will decide to reject all bids, stating that he's appointed the fans choice, now he dererves the opportunity to work in tandem with Martin, providing funds for new players etc. etc. Fine for 3, maybe 6 months, then the fans frustration and anger will grow again, not to say that of the manager.
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01/08/2006 15:25:00

I think tommorow is going to be a big big day in the history of Aston Villa FC. It's all gonna explode!
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01/08/2006 15:45:00

MON is a god he can do great things with AV, I can't wait to see him back in football. If you get him you'll be getting a very special manager, as i'm sure you'll see good luck for the up and coming season sure it'll be ok HAIL HAIL.
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01/08/2006 23:10:00


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