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New Manager NOT Due In

New Manager NOT Due In

This story changed as I was typing it. Hard work this is!!!

Just been told that the front page of the Birmingham Mail are claiming that former Leicester and Celtic manager Martin O'Neill will be installed as Villa manager within the next 24 hours.

O'Neill has topped the polls for all the sites etc that I've seen, he certainly seems to be a popular choice. Thing is though, does this signal the end of the Ellis era as well, as it was believed that O'Neill would love to come to Villa, but only with new backers?

Has Ellis been given the chance to make one final managerial appointment and leave a legacy?

You have to ask what of the groups looking, most seem interested in O'Neill, but the AV06 group headed by Nicholas Padfield QC warned yesterday if O'Neill or anyone else was appointed, they would end their interest. Athole Still's group is also apparently looking at four top candidates, so what would it do to their interest?

Never a dull moment at Villa, lets just hope as Martin O'Neill is unveiled (still always wait to see things like this with my own eyes, not via papers!) that Ellis will announce he is off!

HANG ON....... NEWS JUST IN.....

Looks like the report could be wide of the mark (sigh of relief).

A club spokesman said today (Tues 01/08)

'No, we are not making any appointment today. The search is ongoing. Contrary to rumours, there is no appointment planned at this juncture.'
O'Neill's anticipated return to football with Villa is against a backdrop of four consortia bidding to buy the club.

Three of them - fronted by Michael Neville, Randy Lerner and Athole Still - would welcome O'Neill into the Villa hotseat, with only the group headed by Nicholas Padfield QC having different plans.

Ellis is keen for funds to be made available to O'Neill and is looking for the new owners to make £20million available for new players on top of the £64million it will cost to buy Villa.

Villa have not signed a single player since flirting with relegation from the Barclays Premiership for the majority of last season.

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Writer:J P Fear
Date:Tuesday August 1 2006
Time: 11:53AM


All these rumours and counter-rumours are absurd and somehow typical of the sly, disingenious and bone-headed Villa board. Can you imagine a professional well run club like Arsenal going through this charade? Can you imagine the level of anger if O'Neill isn't appointed and a dolt like Souness gets the nod? Pointless asking I know, but perhaps we should all shut up now until something actually happens.
01/08/2006 12:03:00
Hold everything, the above article didn't mention the strange light above Villa park prior to this none anouncement. O'Neill was seen being carried away by strange stick men from a fly object ... THE TRUTH IS OUT THERE
01/08/2006 12:06:00
true im getting fed up of all this now....reading the fans boards only makes it worse, if it happens it happens
01/08/2006 12:08:00
The Mail say O'Neill will be appointed in the next 24 hours. The club deny that a new manager will be appointed "today". 2 and 2 together = O'Neill to be unveiled tommorow morning?
01/08/2006 12:15:00
They have to rescur O'Neill first. What shall we do? ... THE TRUTH IS OUT THERE
01/08/2006 12:20:00
Where is the lil blues fan now? hehehehe. Abducted I expect....THE TRUTH IS OUT THERE
01/08/2006 12:24:00
My prediction (the truth is out there) Ellis wont sign O'neil, Ellis wont be able to secure the takeover due to his demands and general senial demensia. Therefore we will be left with Aitken, no new players and a seat of your pants season trying to avoid relegation. (players revolt and wanting to leave etc). It gets me so mad... how they are dilly dallying about after last season, they are making no attempt to get everything sorted to give us the best chance this season. Its an absolute disgrace. Good ridance to the lot of them, we are the laughing stock of the premiership.
01/08/2006 12:29:00
Shame, I was thinking of cracking open the Champagne later!! Oh well... it's probably going to be a vintage bottle by the time Ellis stands down and a decent manager is appointed!!
01/08/2006 12:30:00
Sorry, but thats not the ending to this particular story... THE TRUTH IS OUT THERE
01/08/2006 12:31:00
O'Neill is not a pancea to Villa's woes... THE TRUTH IS OUT THERE
01/08/2006 12:38:00
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