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O'Neill Is Randy's Man

Martin Rogers at the Mirror has an exclusive report today saying that Randy Lerner is set to give Martin O'Neill a six-year contract worth in the region of 15million. And to think I applied for the job and would have done it for 50 000 a year. Randy's first big mistake you think? What do you mean no you miserable buggers!

O'Neill was on a 12-month rolling contract when he first arrived but Lerner is set to tie him to Villa long term and to help the manager build an empire.

Anyway, back on planet earth, Rogers (and he is one of the heavy weights in the world of sports journalism) has quotes from Villa chairman Randy Lerner.

Lerner said: 'I will focus on Martin O'Neill. He is great. I am just getting to know him, I can't say that I know him very well yet but he is great. He has got the record and the history and the makings for a steady long-term commitment and that is the plan.'




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Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday October 5 2006

Time: 11:24AM

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I do have to question the validaty of this story. It is just a re-hashing of a story that came out a month ago, to which MON responded that he doesn't believe in signing long term contracts. I dont think he'll be forced into signing anything, but luckily he is a man of honour.
DeanoVilla
If Martin Rogers is saying it, I'd trust it Deano, I honestly would. He is one of THE main guys football wise, or so I'm told. This was part of the plan mentioned a while back when Randy was still in the process of the takeover, I reckon O'Neill will committ his future long term as he knows what he can do at Villa.
The Fear
Why do I have the feeling MON will sign a long term deal...might have something to do with that Heroes welcome he had :)
industrial_musical
Great news if it is true - shows the chairman and manager get on and are working together to build long term success for us! cool!!
Crossman
Long-term planning at VP? Whatever next?
Beovilla
If he dont sign a long term contract we will just find someone better
Christo
next will be...european football :) YEY
industrial_musical
Lets hope it is true as a settled manager goes a long way to attracting the players we want to see down Gods little acre...
silkie villain
Can anyone tell me if Eric Steele has been given the elbow. I note his moving on from the official site.
Gazvilla
Getting M'ON to sign an extended contract would speak volumes. Of everything that can happen at VP this is the most important. M'ON has still to prove it at the top level of the Premiership. Getting Leicester in to the top 10 is a totally different proposition to getting Villa into the top 4. However I think every Villa fan is of the opinion that if anybody can then it will be M'ON. For the first time in nearly a quarter of a century Villa have the opportunity to build a long and successful dynasty. This opportunity MUST NOT be wasted. The chance to finally realise the potential of the biggest club in the countrys second biggest City must be mouthwatering for both Randy and M'ON. Lets hope he signs an extended deal and we all move on from strength to strength. UTV
voiceoftheholte
just remember to take into account the reason MON left football in the first place, he may not want to be tied to a long term contract just in case he is needed at home, so don't fear the worst if he doesn't sign a 20 year contract, I know I am expressing a lot of fans wishes when I say I hope and wish for a healthy future for his wife and family. UTV
steff_the_villan
Contract/no contract, whats the difference. They dont seem to mean too much nowadays.
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