Writer: J P Fear
Date:Thursday August 3 2006
I must admit, if this happens, I'll be gobsmacked!?
Reports have suggested that Martin O'Neill will join Aston Villa before Doug Ellis leaves. One went as far as to say that O'Neill will be taking the biggest gamble of his career.
To be honest I dismissed this, and the report in the Mail saying the manager could be installed in time for the pre-season tour of Germany and Holland this weekend. I'd not thought that O'Neill would touch Villa with a bargepole whilst Ellis remained, but maybe - just maybe - he will with the sure fire thought that a takeover has to happen sooner or later?
Seems the whispers in footballing circles are getting louder as well. O'Neill certainly seems more than a little interested in this great club and it makes sense - having waited (and like us waited and waited and waited) for the takeover to be resolved - that maybe he is thinking that he has to be in now to get the team prepared and ready?
We live in strange times if this happens, he'd surely be the most popular managerial appointment for a decade? I'd have thought Big Ron Atkinson was the last manager that most seemed to want.
Not sure what the appointment would do for the fans anger on the Ellis issue, surely things have gone too far this time for Ellis to once again get off the hook? A manager like O'Neill will want to build something at Villa, to do that he'll need some funds and leadership from the top.
Time will tell, nothing seems to shock anymore!
Date:Thursday August 3 2006
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