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Luke Moore - Top Of (Shoulder) Pops

Luke Moore - Top Of (Shoulder) Pops

Luke Moore has admitted that if David O'Leary had stayed, he probably wouldn't have.

I did an 'exclusive' a while back saying that Luke was possibly moving to Fulham, seems it was partly right, the player wasn't happy and might have been looking for a move!

Moore said: 'Last year's gone now, but I had my times towards the end of the season where everyone could see that I wasn't too happy. I felt I had every right to be. But it's a new year and a new beginning for the whole club. I don't think I would've been here if David O'Leary had been in charge. But he's not, so it doesn't matter. There's a lot of relief on the whole.'

And suggesting that the dressing room was split, Moore continued: 'It's not just me - I think last year there was too much talking going on. We're footballers and we're here to win games and I think if we do that, then everything else will take care of itself. There's no point saying we're going to do this and we're going to do that like we did last year. The biggest difference under the new manager is that he's just straightforward in what he asks - and what more can you ask for? It's as simple as that.'

'It's not even making you feel good about yourself - he's a great manager. Everyone knows he's a great manager and the reputation he has got. But as a man too, he seems like a really nice guy. From a personal point of view, if you're being honest, then you're doing something. That's all you can be, is to be honest and I think the players are responding to him already.'

Ahhh right, so they are an 'honest bunch of lads (copyright DOL) then?!' :-))

Moore also admits he isn't the finished article yet, and it would do us Villa fans to remember if we want the youth players to come through, then we've got to expect them to go through a steep learning curve and that will mean mistakes will be made!

'I'm still learning about how to deal with situations. But I'll get better - it's as simple as that. My confidence is getting higher the more I play and I enjoy playing under him because he lets me come and play the game I really want. He just lets me get involved by coming and getting the ball which is what I like.'

I'd forgotten to add in my match report the other day that near the end of the game, Luke had problems with his shoulder, not sure if was dislocated, but he did look in agony, then he 'popped' it back in and stayed on the pitch. OUCH!

He explained: 'My shoulder went out last week against Arsenal and I popped it back in. It came out twice on Wednesday night. I've got to work on it and it's up to me to get in the gym and build up my shoulder. It's not been right for a couple of years but it seems to be getting worse at the minute. I think I did it when I went on loan at Wycombe - that's how long ago it was. I've just got to build it up - there's no way I want to miss games because of my shoulder - I'll just pop it back in.
'It just comes out of place - that's all I know. But we're going to get it scanned and get it done. But at the minute it's nothing I'm going to miss football over. Even last year it was coming out but I didn't want to miss football.'

Now there is a committed player!

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Writer:J P Fear
Date:Friday August 25 2006
Time: 1:13PM


Shoulder popping out?! A reminder of Andy Hunter, that one!
25/08/2006 13:48:00
Just shows how bad things had got under DOL. It's frightening to think what could have happened this season if he was still in charge
25/08/2006 14:32:00
too right diab, it wouldn't surprise me if what cost him his job at the villa also cost him the sunderland job.
25/08/2006 14:38:00
god DOL was a complete twot, he almost made our whole squad leave. so basically the players made the statement then stiched DOL up, what legends!! New astle are going down Sunday!
25/08/2006 15:15:00
WOT NO PLAYERS? I hate to spoil everyone's party and the euphoria over the great news, BUT our squad is threadbare, one or two more injuries and...... We are in need of decent full back (s), defender a creative midfielder and a big guy up front. Harewood, Beattie, Petrov and Curtis Davies are players I've thought we could bid for.
25/08/2006 16:31:00
I loved David O'Leary being in charge I thought he was a great manager and now I cant believe how wrong I was
25/08/2006 18:09:00
Don't worry Tarzan it will take a lot more than that to spoil the party, threadbare squad, yes, but we will manage untill Aston Martin sorts out the replacements, this was what we went through last season with. The difference now is a world class manager, the end of deadlys reign of terror, stop me if I'm wrong but our team of the same players from last season do not look like the same bunch, they are playing with conviction, determination and heart, the whole squad just look happy (for want of a better term) we have a manager who behaves just like we do, he kicks every ball, and wasn't that a pleasure to see. we were at the bottom, the only way is up, so UP THE VILLA
25/08/2006 18:10:00
Very disappointing to hear he wanted to leave. But shows how bad the dressing room was at the time.
25/08/2006 21:34:00
Oh ****! I hope he's not Brian Robson mark 2, great player but unable to play in half the matches due to a dodgey shoulder. With any luck Luke is still young enough to get it sorted out before it ruins his career like it did Robson's.
Villain Of The North
26/08/2006 10:15:00
Luke will do a good job for us this season given the opportinity. He's young, a lot to learn, but very talented. Shoulder could be a problem though. That needs looking at next summer if he can last that long. Hopefully he can and will.
27/08/2006 00:09:00
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