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O'Neill - No Contract Worries

Martin O'Neill was asked last night at the forum presented by Capital Gold and hosted by Tom Ross, to be aired tonight on 1152 am at 7pm, about his contract.

Blimey that was a mouthful!

One of the fans wanted to know if he would accept a long term contract and although the Villa boss didn't say no, he did say that he had always gone with rolling one year contracts and said that didn't mean he wasn't in it for the long haul. Even as a player, in his days at Celtic, his last three contracts were one year deals.

He also said that contracts these days aren't worth the paper they are written on (which is a theory I aim to test when I get my next MBNA bill through, I'm going to say I don't want to pay it!) and that he would hate to be doing badly and sitting there on a deal with four or more years to go, he said that would be 'embarrassing'.

So, maybe he will sign a long term deal, maybe he won't but one thing he made totally clear is that he is at Villa for the long term and hopes to have the time to do the job. He knows that time isn't something that managers have the luxury of but is hoping the new board and more importantly the fans realise he has a very big job to do and that at the moment we are a 'million miles away from the team of 1982' but that he aspires to emulate their achievements and hopes to be in the job long enough to bring that sort of success to us.

He also explained that his biggest critic and the one he has to impress the most is his wife! Apparently when the team perform badly, she is the first - following the usual post match small talk - who tells him it like it is. So although he wants to bring success to the board of the clubs he manages, and wants to entertain and please the fans, he also wants a quiet life, to do that he has to impress the missus!

This man will be a Villa legend. I knew before last night I liked him, but I don't think there was a fan in the room that didn't leave loving him. He is a class act, he has the utmost respect for Aston Villa and he loves the reception the fans have given him. At last we have someone to get behind.




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Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday October 27 2006

Time: 3:47PM

Your Comments

Come on Fear just admit it, you'd have his babies if you could!
DeanoVilla
i hear what he is saying but all you need is talk of mourinho leaving or ferguson retiring and he will be one of the managers people will want to replace them. As for tomorrow, if we can draw at the emirates we can do it at anfield.
tylervilla
I think I've fallen in love, I've now split between Caprice, Rachel Stevens, Gareth Barry and Martin O'Neill. Still, couldn't love anyone more than I love myself according to some!!! :o)))
The Fear
Yes tylervilla, but if a manager wants to walk out, we all know they will and the managers know if the club want to get rid of them, get rid of them they will. So I agree with him, contracts mean nothing. Look at Yorke, he was on a contract with us, Man Utd said they wanted him and he just played up until he was allowed to leave. So you think I should pay my credit card bill this month then?
The Fear
Don't think he will be at villa long after Steve Mclaren leaves the england job - worrying but true
qKing
my life is geting better
Christo
Well, England interviewed O'Neill and didn't offer him the job, I would very very much doubt he'd be interested in them after the snub? He's ours now, he said he loves it at Villa and has been amazed by how the fans have welcomed him, he doesn't seem to me to be the sort to flit around, I think he is a loyal man as long as he is shown loyalty. You can't believe the FA turned him down really can you!
The Fear
I hope you're right, Mr Fear. I am getting sick of jealous ManUre, Chelski, RedScouse, Arse fans all telling me he's only taken the Villa job til the ManUre job becomes available. Would love to see him in the post for the long haul, a la Wenger, or Ferguson... building a real footballing empire and legacy that lasts at the Villa. What a dream. Just imagine it.
The Usual Suspect
as with O'leary, O'neill is just using the villa as a stepping stone to the real big job ;)
avfc48
He's being perfectly open and honest with us, and thats all we have a right to ask. He's quite right when he says that we are a very long way from where we need to be, but with him at the helm we all know full well that we have every chance of being successful. Lets enjoy the ride, and quite a ride it promises to be.
glensider
I would think that there will be quite a relationship developing between MON and RL, and if that does prove to be the case, then respect and mutual trust will probably mean more than would a long term contract.
glensider
 

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