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Villa Fans Have Feet On The Ground

Vital asked in the weekends poll, with Martin O'Neill, what can Villa achieve this season.

17% predicted Uefa Cup qualification.

36% said top ten and another 38% said a decent league position and a good cup run or two.

4% still say we will face a relegation fight without funds provided and 3% said we'd finish mid to lower table.

That left 2% saying 'I'm totally confused and unsure!'

Expectations amongst Villa fans are always said to be high, but those results look like we have our feet pretty much on the ground? Europe might be a long shot without new signings, but if anyone can motivate the team, O'Neill can. At least we shouldn't get a repeat of the last few seasons total lack of passion.

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Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday August 7 2006

Time: 12:37PM

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He will install hunger and desire
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07/08/2006 12:50:00

Anything has to better than the last two frustrating seasons. I believe that even with this squad we could achieve 8th or better. MON will give the players belief and instil confidence, something that has been lacking of late.
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07/08/2006 13:16:00

I bet 32RED cannot believe their luck, all this publicity and they haven’t paid a great deal for it. Just proves Doug is not as sharp as he thinks, he’s had it like a kipper.
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07/08/2006 13:22:00

who cares we have got the best manager in the land. WE HAVE GOT O'NEIL GET IN! he must know that the takeover is coming and that he will have loads of money to build his title challenge. O'leary gone and O'Neil in.....dreams can come true.
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07/08/2006 13:25:00

I am not expecting miracles this first season, a lot depends on whether we get new owners and the transfer budget available now and in January. And injuries of course. But even assuming the squad remains the same, with O'Neill and his two assistants in charge, we could reasonably expect a top 7-10 finish, and no more Darlington-type humiliation in the domestic cup competitions.
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07/08/2006 13:37:00

we wont be keeping 32red when the takovers happens....hummel will be out the door too Nike will make our kits and we'll be sponsered by a big company
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07/08/2006 14:11:00

If we have a good start and something to give confidence back to the players we can reach top 10. Im a lot more excited than I was a month ago anyway
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07/08/2006 14:11:00

I would imagine that we are stuck with 32RED and Hummel till the contract runs out, the only otherway would to buy the contract up. Im no lawyer so i stand to be corrected.
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07/08/2006 14:52:00

i believe the contract was on a yearly renewal, failing that, we'll have a billionaire so contracts mean jack when your swimming in dollars !!!. i'm hoping with an amercican in charge we'll get some nubile young cheerleaders. what would be your dream cheerleader team? rules are, 5 in the team and conforming to euro regs, 3 must be homegrown talent. i anticipate your responses.
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07/08/2006 15:42:00

Hell, even with Deadly still holding the purse strings I am confident of at least two substantial signings before the start of the season. Apart from that time I found myself standing next to Monica Bellucci I can't remember the last time I was so stiff with excitement.
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07/08/2006 15:55:00

u have the right man in oneil but done expect too much too soon, he's only just got here
green giant 12
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07/08/2006 16:33:00

I wouldnt get too carried away with Randys personal wealth. Apparently he wants to get a foot hold in UK so he can be part of the super casino revolution (read todays sun who obviously are always right). He will not throw money at us willy nilly but put in an acceptable investment dependant on what he will expect back. You dont get that rich throwing your money away.
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07/08/2006 16:56:00

Tylervilla, I think that this argument is absolute bo***x. He doesn't need to spend between £32 and £64 million on a football club in order to build a casino, there are many easier and cheaper ways and he wouldn't have to deal with Ellis either.
Villain Of The North
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07/08/2006 18:03:00

Of course this does not mean that he won't take the oportunity of a British base of opperations to go ahead with a casino, only that it is not his motivation.
Villain Of The North
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07/08/2006 18:04:00

I think as supporters go we are a pretty realistic bunch. Lets face it, only a few weeks back we were all readily admitting that we feared a fairly worrying season, culminating possibly in the dreaded drop. We're all obviously setting our sights much higher now, but without getting carried away.
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08/08/2006 05:16:00

I can not believe that Lee Hendrie is on 8% for captain - he's orange for god sake! I think he is Ellis's man in the dressing room to. Either that or he's an alien. Come to think of it, he's all three.
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08/08/2006 06:32:00

Lets not get too carried away! He isnt going to turn us into champions over night. I'd be happy with a top 2 finish! ;) lol
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08/08/2006 08:45:00

deano - im sorry but thatplace will be occupied by chelsea and dont even think about first place - tht comig up to liverpool!!!!!!!!!!!!
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08/08/2006 09:17:00

We have at least two reasonable players for every position, except right midfield. Defintely enough in the locker for a top ten finish and with the luck of the draw, a good cup run. However I believe it will be next season before we will be able to se what is really achieveable. The new owners will be in place and MON will have had a full season to see exactly what is required. Do not be surprised if we play 5-3-2 in the first instance, although we have a manger who has the ability to adapt and change if required. One of the most important aspects though is the level of support the team receives. With new owners in place, MON as manager and some of the best admission prices in the league there should be 40,000 every game. If not, we can then not complain if players want to go and play on a bigger stage. It looks as if it about to come right both on and off the pitch, shame on any supposed supporters who do not get there hand in their pocket and buy a season ticket. Not only for themselves, but there wives/girlfriends and kids. Now we will really see who supports the club and those who just pretend to by making excuses as why they can not attend. As for my earlier point on formations I think the first game of the season we will see 5-3-2 with the line up likely to be (subject to injury/availability) ....... Sorenson, Delaney, Hughes (Laursen if fit), Mellberg, Ridgewell, Samuel - Hendrie, Davies, Barry - Angel, and Baros. Subs: Berson, Bouma, Moore, Agbonlahor, Taylor. This leaves Berger, Phillips, Cahill, Gardner, McCann, Whittingham and The Twins. Just a thought.
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