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Ellis - O'Neill Here For A Lifetime

Ellis - O'Neill Here For A Lifetime

Doug Ellis, Villa's outgoing chairman, says that Martin O'Neill could be at Villa for 'a lifetime'.

Doug told Sky Sports News:

'I'm delighted. I'm convinced he could be there for a lifetime, not just for the rolling one-year contract - that means nothing, we've been through all that. He is a very passionate man, a great motivator and the success he's had is there to be seen. In five years at Leicester, you see what happened there. He won cups and got them promoted. He went to Celtic and, at that time, Rangers were the absolute kings in Scotland. He turned that over and got in to the Champions League.'

'All in all, he is now an Aston Villa man through and through. I'm delighted to have him, and delighted to have him for the supporters. I say it again a thousand times, the supporters are the most important ingredient in football.'


He also says the reception for O'Neill was great, 'What a job to even get in the door! For me it was very satisfying as 100 percent of all the people there were patting me on the back, saying 'thanks very much chairman, great job', which is a bit of a change.'

Hmmm, not sure about the 100% part, the Ellis Out chants were there and USA, USA, USA was also sung. Still, whoever convinced O'Neill to come to Villa Park, it is a major coup and our latest poll shows exactly what the fans think of his arrival.

We asked if Martin O'Neill was the right man for the job, 97% said 'Stupid question, of-course he is!', 2% were unsure and just 1% said no!

Our latest poll asks what Martin O'Neill can achieve this season, as suggested by AV White.

Writer:J P Fear
Date:Sunday August 6 2006
Time: 11:15AM


I was that 1%! And I wonder if Ellis means O'Neill's lifetime, or his own!
06/08/2006 12:05:00
Dam u NeilBaker was going to make the doug's lifetime comment!
06/08/2006 12:13:00
As of right now the O'Neill/Lerner partnership seems the perfect team. I hope that they remain together at Villa Park for the long term. The club needs a good clearout from the top down, and you have to believe that Mr Lerner is more than capable of putting the business side of the club back on track, while Martin definitely has it in him to oversee success out on the pitch. The dream pairing.
06/08/2006 16:32:00
If O'Neill was only Villa manager for Dougs life time I'd be quite happy to see the back of him tommorow!
06/08/2006 20:24:00
I think he's a great manager, He won't play babysitter to the team he'l be onto them all the time. He won't be an excuses man like O'Leary. Goog bloke. Good manager
06/08/2006 22:21:00
I think Doug can get rid of his ego we can got places. The worry for me is that by the sounds as though he thinks he knows what he is doing.
NY Villa
07/08/2006 03:22:00
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