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Roy Aitken Fit & Raring To Go

Former Aston Villa assistant manager Roy Aitken is ready to return to football after fully recovering from a major operation to remove a tumour in the summer.

Aitken said: 'I feel absolutely fine, great in fact. I was given a 12-week rehabilitation programme after the operation but I couldn't take it because of what happened at Villa. I came back to work after six which may not have been ideal but it's now been 14 weeks and I am feeling strong again. I've been given the all-clear by the specialist.'

Adding:

'I wanted to leave Villa on the best possible terms. I saw them play against Reading and Newcastle. I wanted to make sure that I could always go back and watch games from the directors' box and enjoy games.'

Well, the lady that sits behind me at the Villa is certainly missing Roy as he always used to wave to her and she'd reciprocate with a blush!!

Aitken added that he is now wanting to get back into the game '...in a managerial capacity, or as a first-team coach.'




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Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday September 27 2006

Time: 11:38AM

Your Comments

great to see he is back to full health, had a lucky escape there by the sounds of things. Hopefully he'll soon be back and working. Wonder if he will tie in with DOL again?
The Fear
Like most I am delighted to hear he is well again. I would think it is a little too early for a full managers position but as a coach I think he would be fine, hopefully he will keep well clear of DOL. O'Leary should never get another job in football unless it is with cleaning staff.
irish villa
TBH i just dont think the team wanted to play for DOL, as soon as he went they started performing. however i am glad for Roy he is one of the good guys
TuBBz
Good Luck Roy!!
xfranc
I hope he becomes manager of a championship side and can make a name for himself :)
industrial_musical
maybe he can get a managers job and hire DOL as his assistant, because that is the only way I can see DOL getting back into football!
Shed
That is great news - All the very best for the future to Roy and his family - Fair to say that he will always be welcome to VP - Which is more than can be said for the last bloke that he worked under!
VillaBob
Good luck Roy!
andrew144
Great news, I hope he gets what he's looking for and achieves success.
Donzarra
Good luck Roy. Thought he showed a lot of dignity during the summer
baros10
Good to see he's recovered!
Tierney
Best wishes to Roy. Top bloke!
pongogidman
Good luck to him... unbeaten during his short caretaker manager stint, hope he gets a managers job in the championship or below or Scotland somewhere... one piece of advice if O'leary does (and he will) get another job, don't go with him Roy
fatloser
Best wishes Roy, Thanks for a sterling job done as Caretaker, hope you get the position you deserve, you can join us at the holte to watch the lads anytime, a word of advice keep away from O'Dreary he'll just drag you down.
steff_the_villan
Good Luck Roy, i reckon he'll get the Newcastle assistants job, then take over from that ******* useless Glenn Roeder!!! Newcastle , LOL !
jaspervilla
Roy Aitken at newcastle? would be nice for Roy to still ply his trade in the premiership :)
industrial_musical
Step out of the shadow of O'Leary, be his own man, and he'll do o.k.
glensider
He seemed to get on well with the players, and he certainly got them pulling in the right direction this pre-season. Just hope clubs aren't put off him by his association with Mr Fickle.
glensider
 

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