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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.'

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Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday October 30 2006

Time: 2:04PM

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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!
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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.
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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.......
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30/10/2006 18:05:00

Gazvilla -are you local to Kings Heath - Aston? You talk with a true footy soul.
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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....
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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
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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.
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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.....?
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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.
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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!
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31/10/2006 09:35:00

The single biggest factor for the future of our club is .............. us, the fans. If all things remain equal then M'ON and Randy are here for the long term. We have the opportunity of building a real football dynasty. It is not going to happen this season (certainly), it may not start to bear fruit next season (probably), and who knows how season three will go. But it is important to remember it took Fergie at Manure 4 years to start delivering the goods. Because of Ellis we are light years away from challenging for the league, and the Abramobiatch factor is having a knock on in world football, let alone in this country. So M'ON and Randy need time. So the simple things we can do are to start filling Villa Park. Stay to the end of games and make the last five minutes (ususally the most important) the loudest and most vocal in support of the team. We can ensure that in in a couple of years when we may be only half way up the table, not to infest this site (and others) with bleatings of how the club needs a change. Lets not boo our players if they happen to be losing a game at half time. Lets not put individual players under pressure if they are struggling, it is then that they need our support the most. We can be confident with M'ON that any player not giving 100% will not get in the team. So if a player is in poor form lets get behind them because even though they may be struggling, almost certainly it will not be because of lack of effort. Over the last few years there has been an ugly tendency for fans to pick on individuals. Not only does this destroy the player, it affects the whole team and means that other players may think twice before signing for the club. Put a Villa sticker in your car so the colours are on show wherever you go 24/7. Wear your colours as often and as proudly as you can. Bring your friends and family to the games. Those with kids make sure they do not stray to the dark side, bring them up on a diet of Villa. I would even go as far as suggesting that anybody in Brum seen wearing the colours of any club other than a local one should be ridiculed. Lets support our local team and stuff any body from around here if they want to follow Manure, Redscouse, Chelski or the Arse. For the first time in 25 years we can have a sense of unity, a feeling of moving forward together. Lets not have people break ranks even if things do not appear to be going as well as expected. Over the last few years this club needed fans to protest. To rebel against the failing regime. What is now needed is to put as much effort in to supporting the the current owners and manager as was put in to removing the old ones. So M'ON, you have time. Take care with our club. If everybody sticks in with it for the long term, does not break ranks, then in 3, 4 or maybe 5 years time a ground holding 60,000 will not be big enough. Happy days. UTV
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31/10/2006 09:53:00

I love this bloke man, not only a great manager but seems like a genuinely good hearted bloke.
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31/10/2006 10:19:00

Voiceoftheholte you have said it in spades. What a brilliant exposition of our needs and our aims as supporters. Yes, we have had to spend too long moaning and complaining about the previous incumbent of Randy's chair and yes, it will take some time for many to adjust their thinkng and remove their scepticism hats. (I will own that I worry that MON will go if England or Manure come knocking) but that said, I believe totally that MON is a man of absolute integrity and really, when looking at the modern era, he has little to compete with and with the support of the Board he can become our greatest manager ever. I believe he can and will compete with Shankly and Busby and set up a similar dynasty here at Villa Park. Martin you have my complete support. We know it will take time but do it, just do it. We know you can.
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31/10/2006 11:33:00

VOTH, what can I say, spot on. had to wipe a tear from my eye. Doogie believe what you are saying, and think that MON has enough integrity not to vanish at the first sniff from the FA or ManUre. Can we have more fans like these please. nice to have a lift from reading the views of other positive fans, I know everyone has a right to their opinion blah, blah. BUT some of the negative, doom and gloom mongers are a real pain in the ar*e, and we have had enough of that cr*p when we had a reason for it. IT IS OVER, ELLIS IS OUT. So put a smile on your face and a swagger in your step, you deserve it, your a Villa supporter, you've earned it. see you at the match. UTV
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01/11/2006 09:42:00

Koolbill youth is good, our academy proves that. but I must admit Tyson is looking good. I think MON can spot a star in the making, we'll see soon enough. UTV
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01/11/2006 09:45:00


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