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Villa Boss Looking For Time

Villa Boss Looking For Time

Martin O'Neill has re-stated that he would sign a long term deal at Villa but even with the rolling contract, he says he is here for the long term.

No contract worries for O'Neill

The official site are carrying the transcript of the Capital Gold forum evening where O'Neill said:

'If it happened I would be delighted to sign but contracts these days are not worth the paper they are written on. It is not worth a jot because if you want to get rid of me, you will. I not into worrying about whether I have got four years left because if I am doing hopelessly it would be embarrassing to be sitting on that length of time. That has never been my scene. As a player I signed four one year contracts, always thinking life would be better the next year. The contract at Celtic didn't matter, it was a handshake to Dermot Desmond saying that if I wanted to leave, I go.'

'I am here now and am genuinely going to put everything into it and if it works I will be delighted. If I make an absolute horlicks it will not be through the lack of trying. In my time in management, I think that the number of years I have spent at football clubs speaks for itself. 'I spent five years at Wycombe and every single year people were telling me: 'You've got no ambition'. Then I went to Norwich for six months and couldn't get on with the chairman at the time. Then I spent five years at Leicester City and five years at Celtic. I'm hoping that that number of years I have spent at football clubs in the past might be enough for me to say I am in this for the long term.'

Adding: 'The one thing I want to keep going though is the feelgood factor. The supporters are definitely passionate about the club, and that is really important. I am not asking for ten years, what I want is a bit of time because I know that things can happen here. That is my genuine viewpoint despite me clouding it by bringing expectations down. I am really excited by the job. I genuinely love coming to work.'

Writer:J P Fear
Date:Monday October 30 2006
Time: 2:04PM


martin stay 4 life,u r the man.maybe not this year or the following but soon villa will be back were we belong,challenging 4 trophies so have all the time u want!
Belfast Villain
30/10/2006 16:04:00
Surely it is only realistic to recognize that it is going to take a few seasons to get back to a challenging position again. None of the Premiership teams, with one exception perhaps, was built overnight. Perhaps the question is: what is the real target? Top eight, top six or top four? Realistically top six on a regular basis may be the best we can hope for, given the resources of the other clubs.
30/10/2006 16:56:00
Managing expectations was always going to be the key. This site has spoken about the apathy amongst fans with many critical as to why only 30K turned up against Fulham. MON is no mug when he speaks of a feelgood factor. We have lost many fans due to dull, unexciting football and it will take more than a couple of home wins to get it back. How you keep the momentum going is the job of the PR people because we can only put an average team out at the moment. The free access to VP for a training session, the Chelsea coach idea, radio shows, this all helkps and is a million miles from the former era. Gordonsleftboot is dead on - this will take a couple of seasons before we'll get consistent enough to expect European footy. I think it's brilliant we're linked with players (even though the links are tenuous) because during the summer we had as much chance of signing a player as my Mrs saying 'can we watch the footy tonight'. Keep the faith.......
30/10/2006 18:05:00
Gazvilla -are you local to Kings Heath - Aston? You talk with a true footy soul.
30/10/2006 19:46:00
I expect Martin to really surprise us with a few of the players he brings in - in January. Top drawer and some unknowns who'll do the business but please not Heskey. Keane would be good. We haven't had a manager this good since Atko, who to be fair was a legend and should have been given more money by Doug after finishing second in the first ever Premiership....
30/10/2006 19:52:00
I look forward to the possibility of MON becoming our Fergie (obviously a better tempered version of) Gazvilla the lengths the PR people are going to speak for themselves, its nice to feel the atmosphere at the moment, I don't even know that many fans who were bothered by the Liverpool result (well, apart from the Always Venemous Facetious Clown 48 (and believe me that has been significantly cleaned up)) we are getting there, but Koolbill surely a pairing of Heskey and Collymore up front could solve all our problems : ) IMO the man can have the time he needs I am sure he will do us proud, he is pure class. UTV
30/10/2006 21:14:00
Yes, rebuilding this club following the decline of the previous regimes era is going to take patience and time. In MON and the new owner and boardroom, you have to feel and believe that the right experts are at the helm. It will need to be a gradual process, built on firm foundations, but with gradual progress being achieved over the next two to three seasons. Hopefully along the way, the stay-aways will begin to return, as MON stamps his brand on the new look Villa team.
30/10/2006 22:00:00
UTV. Also, not Damien Dunn either steff_the_villain ;-). What do you think of investing in youth and bringing Nathan Tyson from Notts Forest for the future.....?
30/10/2006 22:15:00
I wonder if when the Manager decides to leave Aston Villa will it be 5 or 10 even 15 years? I have a sneaky feeling it will have been the most successful manager we have ever had, like his previous clubs, green hoopies and the crisp munchers he will forever be a hero.
31/10/2006 04:18:00
The crunch will come when England or Man Utd make an approach for him! Lets hope he turns them down flat!
31/10/2006 09:35:00
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