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Is O'Neill Really Villa Bound?

Is O'Neill Really Villa Bound?

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!

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:J P Fear
Date:Thursday August 3 2006
Time: 8:00PM


of course he'll take oer, everyone knows, it, expects it and if he didn't now it would need a huge pr excercise from him to explain it away. I'm sure he will have some agreeemnt in place which includes a takeover if it is ever allowed to happen and with one exception the bidders accept him anyway I'm sure as with Ranieri he'll at worst get 12 months and even with mega bucks being available, and they aren't yet, he'll have problems spending much this season especially as the majority of you feel the squad is *****e anyway. What's he got to lose. A decent club, and assurances that Ellis has now lost control why not jump. Personally I feel for the longterm he lacks the experience to handle big overseas players but then its ages before Villa get there isn't it
03/08/2006 20:13:00
I am praying that he does come in soon - as we still have a season to prepare for - and there would be no one better to get that right than O'Neill.
03/08/2006 20:13:00
This just seems to go on and on and on. The only thing that gives me the slightest optimism is the fact that O'Neill hasn't dismissed us out of hand. On the other hand all we have is certain members of the press making headlines like "O'Neill in 48hrs"etc. I would have thought that an appointment off a new manager would have made sense before the tour started. However with the withdrawal of Roy Aitken, on medical grounds, and the appointment off Eric Steele as the caretakers caretaker this know looks extremely unlikely. I personally think it's time for the present board to either say we will appoint a new manager before any take over business is concluded or whether they will wait until the takeover is settled either one way or the other. It is unsettling to us the fans, the board would do well to remember that we pay a lot of money to follow the club, and the players. Then again when has Ellis and co ever gave the fans a second thought?
still skeggy
03/08/2006 20:19:00
I hope he comes but it doesnt change much for me. Ellis at VP, wallet in pocket. End.
03/08/2006 20:24:00
be great if he becomes ure manager, u might have some sucess then, btw i like the new boader
green giant 12
03/08/2006 20:56:00
Ellis staying for this season or beyond is too depressing to even think about. He has to go. I don't think O'Neill would be desperate enough to come without assurances that Doug was selling up. Those two could clearly never work together for long.
03/08/2006 20:57:00
I think crazy Doug is waiting to make both the takeover and new manager announcements at the same time, tus saving him shelling out for the tea and biscuits twice.
03/08/2006 21:41:00
No he not coming and I can hear a certain fat lady...THE TRUTH IS OUT THERE
03/08/2006 21:45:00
If I am correct any news has to be announced to the Stock exchange first so I think the time to watch out for anything is about 7.30am when the stock exchange opens.
03/08/2006 21:46:00
Any chance that he jumped before he was pushed(Aitkin-get well soon) and knows MON will join up with the squad? We seriously need some form of leadership to show the other teams in the league we are not the joke they think we are.
03/08/2006 21:56:00
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