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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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The Journalist

Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday August 1 2006

Time: 11:53AM

Your Comments

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.
Saurat
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
Steve64k
true im getting fed up of all this now....reading the fans boards only makes it worse, if it happens it happens
son_of_cher
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?
DeanoVilla
They have to rescur O'Neill first. What shall we do? ... THE TRUTH IS OUT THERE
Steve64k
Where is the lil blues fan now? hehehehe. Abducted I expect....THE TRUTH IS OUT THERE
Steve64k
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.
tylervilla
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!!
leelindsay
Sorry, but thats not the ending to this particular story... THE TRUTH IS OUT THERE
Steve64k
O'Neill is not a pancea to Villa's woes... THE TRUTH IS OUT THERE
Steve64k
PLEASE STOP SAYING THE TRUTH IS OUT THERE FOR GODS SAKE!!!
DeanoVilla
Let's stay positive, O'Neill will be appointed, Ellis will step down, we will have new owners, we will have money invested in the club and we will be to compete.........stay positive!! (Mutley73)
Mutley73
Aint that the TRUTH ....THE TRUTH Bro IS OUT THERE
Steve64k
Steve64k - some of us have a bit of work to do sometimes!!! It says in the report above that Villa have not signed a single player since last season... havnt you signed some Swiss twins or something?? Or do they not count as they're Swiss....
lil_blues_fan
I'm at work but I have no work to do...and its dark outside... Swis twins... they are the survivors..How little is lil? ..... THE TRUTH IS OUT THERE
Steve64k
You will find that the team will play as if possessed this season ...could it be that some strange transformation occured in the summer/winter depending on what hemisphere you in. South is best...T.......IS OUT THERE
Steve64k
I'm sick of this - all these unnamed sources - a big headline on the Mail front page and about 3 pages inside. If howell has got this wrong, he can resign too. All this is ripping the club to pieces. Endless speculation, sources and bull*****..
baros10
It's completely typical of Villa tho. Look at the Berson transfer. We always draw everything out 2 months longer than needed.
DeanoVilla
Yes agree, its just another typical Villa Park farce. It will only highlight to the new man, whoever he may prove to be, that under the current regime he really will be joining a total circus.
glensider
This club better be sold, I am getting a feeling that after all this hope we will end up with Hoddle and Ellis by mid season.
NY Villa
This farce is now becoming never ending. The fact that a new manager has not been installed as yet makes me think (and my God hope) that a takeover is now imminent.
fatloser
As the famous Ron Saunders once said "Does anybody want to bet against me" I'll wager before the end of the week, Martin O'neill will be our manager and the yanks will make a formal offer for the club
johnh1982
I wouldnt bet against that. I still reckon O'Neill will be announced tommorow.
deanovilla
anyone see central news? three new american men in suits part of a 5th consortium.
Its All Over FC
I'll take that bet johnh1982 - don't forget Ipswich went on to loose to Sunderland. Look where they both are now. So come on how much?.....THE TRUTH IS OUT THERE
Steve64k
MON will be your manager and his first signing will be Stan Petrov. So i hear.....
paulmac67
What would it take Steve64k to read the last of this 'The truth is out there'. Aint it boring you yet?
glensider
Nope...There are doors I'm yet to open, there are windows I'm yet to look through, maybe the way forward is to go back...THE TRUTH IS OUT THERE
Steve64k
I believe that Randy Lerner will buy the Club... I believe this because the guy that has been reporting for the Guardian has the same name as my young son....its ******y....Stuart James....I'm getting a little desperate now ...THE TRUTH IS OUT THERE
Steve64k
Whats wrong with the word 5pooky ......THE TRUTH IS OUT THERE
Steve64k
Come back Steve64k ... man I'm on your wave length
UnamedSource
Listen, they are watching my every move. Anything I say or do gets blown out of all proportion. I mention MONday and the next thing they are reporting the he has signed already.....watchout ...I'm out of here ....THE TRUTH IS OUT THERE
Steve64k
Steve64k If you want to take the bet i would brush up on facts it was Boro, not sunderland who beat Ipswich, and look where they are now, employing quite a few of our deadwood
johnh1982
Come on - red and white from the north east - give me a break - it was so long ago and besides after Rotterdam they took me....THE TRUTH IS OUT THERE....still like to bet with ya tho
Steve64k
i'll take that bet john 1982. 5 for me please (high roller). Is anyone going to offer me odds on ellis and aitken in place untill january at least?
tylervilla
I was took to Rotterdam not from there! happy days
johnh1982
My brother provided me a link to talksport yesterday indicating that the O'Neil announcement was imminent. Also this was backed up in the Mail. Does anyone have any inkling regarding any appointment? Sky normally get the first nod on this stuff. This must be very unsettling for the players and staff.
tarzan
Never listen to the press. I'm sick of all the miss imformation we get, When it happens i'l be happy but i'm not letting the press get my hopes up any longer.
Burnsy
My world was not the same after ----Shaw to Withe ....Withe.....GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL.....Blinding flash............2006............Home again.......THE TRUTH IS OUT THERE....still like to bet with ya tho
Steve64k
Mr Fear has gone awful quiet, doesn't want to jeopardise any good news tomorrow? Don't tread on any cracks on the pavement. In the word of my wife Ellis oot!
tarzan
tarzan what have you done with jane??? No FEAR, he's been ABDUCTED man along with all INFO.....THE TRUTH IS OUT THERE
Steve64k
O'Leary says do this, O'Neill says do that....put your hands up Villa you are being held at gunpoint.
pompeygray
Put your hands up if you don't think pompeygray makes sense....THERE ARE DOORS I'M YET TO OPEN AND WINDOWS I'M YET TO LOOK THROUGH MAYBE THE WAY FORWARD IS TO GO BACK....THE TRUTH IS OUT THERE
Steve64k
Watch out its a jungle out there! As my chimp of a brother pointed out last night, VILLA ALWAYS MAKE ANNOUNCEMENTS ON A THURSDAY!
tarzan
Martin O'Neill come on.
Villa1982
He's guna b great.
Villa1982
 

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