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So What Happens To Roy Aitken?

Vital Villa asked in a poll suggested by Ulster Villa, when a new manager comes in, what will happen to caretaker manager Roy Aitken?

50% predicted he would follow David O'Leary out of Villa Park.
33% said it didn't matter, it is the manager that counts and 17% said he should stay as he is good at his job.

Looks like all might become clear today, the press are over this like a rash and it seems to be the common belief that Martin O'Neill is coming to Villa Park.

Wouldn't it be great to know under what terms, ie if Ellis isn't gone soon, will O'Neill remain?!




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Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday August 4 2006

Time: 9:06AM

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I'd like to think he would still be useful to Villa as he has seemed to be the more commited of the two between him and O'Leary. But with O'Neill bringing his own backroom staff, I cant really see it.
xfranc
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04/08/2006 09:08:00

Managers always bring their own staff, a harsh fact of football life. No doubt Roy will hook up with DO'L again at some other lucky club.
Steve W
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04/08/2006 09:12:00

If O'Neill's staff is available, do we expect that they have been waiting around for 15 months just waiting fro their boss to decide his future, i doubt it!!!
Villain Of The North
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04/08/2006 09:13:00

That's exactly what Robertson and Walford have been doing VOTN.
Steve W
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04/08/2006 09:17:00

I think O Neill will be the first positive to come out of the club in a long long time. I think us as fans need to make sure he gets a rapturous welcome to Villa Park despite our dislike of the Chairman and board, I think we really have something to look forward to this season and the pressure on Ellis will still remain from within the ground. The last thing we want is O Neill thinking what on earth have I let myself in for! It is looking increasingly likely that a takeover is going to happen and until that happens (let's face facts it could take a few months for anything to materialise). So I think we should give our new manager and team our dedicated support and tell the chairman and board what we think of them while the team is not playing, i.e before the match, half time and after the match.
simonwoburn
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04/08/2006 09:21:00

Poor aitken, he has to work with O'deary for ages, then he gets bloomin ill and more likely than not he is going to get the sack. I say we keep the poor bugger he would still be an asset in the backroom setup.
tylervilla
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04/08/2006 09:27:00

Soirry simonwoburn I think you are wrong. The only thing that will get Ellis out of Villa is money. If he faces empty stands every week with demos outside hye will eventually get the message that we don't want him. We must do everything possible to make sure he goes, sooner rather than later.
DoogieTyBrenin
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04/08/2006 09:29:00

I think Roy will take some much needed time off and then maybe try his hand at management. I dont see why he should play 2nd fiddle to DOL again, as he'll probably do a better job on his own.
DeanoVilla
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04/08/2006 09:34:00

We brush him under the carpet, which is something Ellis and Stride love to do with problem issues.
glensider
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04/08/2006 09:34:00

aitken would make a fine manager in my opinion.the team look transformed into a positive group since odeary left. id like to think that he would be kept on at villa in some coaching capacity.get well soon roy.
JASON
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04/08/2006 09:41:00

Get rid. Do you forget how weve played under his coaching for the past 3 seasons? So now with 3 wins against lower league sides in pre-season friendlies hes an asset, hes forgiven and all is forgotten? As for suggestions he should be kept on which member of the coaching staff do you suggest is sacrificed for that?
Nimrod
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04/08/2006 10:11:00

O'Neill out!!! Aitken in!!!! LOL
DeanoVilla
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04/08/2006 11:41:00

Well if we have to pay up Aitken's 2 year contract, it makes sense to keep him as some sort of trainer, he must know the players, if it doesn't work get rid. I always quite liked the guy, I think he should try and apply for management jobs in a lower division or scotland and then if he gets one he can go and no compensation. Yes its only preseason but his media handling is clearly much better than DOL as is his win record.
thekentvillan
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04/08/2006 12:19:00

Aitkens media handling as always been better the O'Leary's. PERIOD. He has always talked up the team - rather than doing an O'Leary and talking them down.
xfranc
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04/08/2006 13:18:00

Aitken being an ex Celtic man and O'Neill being an ex Celtic man, I'm sure he'll stay. I'm sure O'Neill would find a job for him.
Bud
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05/08/2006 10:12:00

 

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