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Martin O'Neill - You've Got Time

Martin O'Neill - You've Got Time

Following the article about Martin O'Neill asking for time from the fans (Villa Boss Looking For Time ) voiceoftheholte wrote this in the article comments which I thought was too good not to put up as an article.

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 Abramovich factor is having a knock on in world football, let alone in this country.

So Martin O'Neill and Randy Lerner 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 (usually 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 Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea or the Arsenal.

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 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

By voiceoftheholte

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Writer:J P Fear
Date:Tuesday October 31 2006
Time: 1:08PM


Spot on. Great article. I'm sure the vast majority of Villa fans will give the new regime time..... but theres always a few.
31/10/2006 13:13:00
Lerner OUT.......

Out for some transfer window shopping that is..!
The Fear
31/10/2006 13:15:00
Good article and who couldn't agree with most of it? I say most because I think you are being a bit naive for the fans not to criticize players who are playing badly. The paying public has that right, and its not just Villa fans that do that, ALL fans do that and they always will. I'm not trying to be negative here because I agree with everything else in the article, just attempting to be realistic that's all.
31/10/2006 13:32:00
Glad you liked it Fear. Did we discuss where my fee should be sent?? UTV
31/10/2006 13:35:00
yes, into my drink funds for the weekend wasn't it?! If anyone ever wants to add a story, just use the link by the poll 'suggest an article'.
The Fear
31/10/2006 13:42:00
Jonah, it is only my opinion. You can disagree with me, as I can disagree with you. You say that the paying public has a right to critisise and that all fans of all clubs do it ...... does that make it right? When you pay to watch a match there are no guarantees, there will be some good performances and some not so good. If you want guarantees then it may be better going to Comet and buying a toaster because that comes with a 12 month guarantee. For those people who believe that by abusing your own players means they will start performing better, my opinion is that they were probably dropped on their head at birth. As I said though it is just my opinion and I am probably a bit naive. I am appreciative though that out of all the positives that I mentioned, you only wanted to be doom and gloom about one of them. UTV
31/10/2006 14:10:00
One thing missed was the choice of songs. I for one am fed up of chants about Small Heath instead of positive songs about the Villa. Showing support is about rooting for your club not foul mouthing others.
31/10/2006 14:44:00
Doom and gloom? A bit strong isn't it? I wasn't doom and gloom about anything as far as I recall, just saying that you ARE being naive if you don't expect fans who have paid good money to have a go at certain players now and then. Most of us have moaned about one player or another at some stage, its only natural. Neither did I use the word abusing, I said criticising. You seem to have taken a very slight criticism of an otherwise excellent article out of all proportion. Don't be so touchy mate...UTV
31/10/2006 14:45:00
Gordonsleftboot. Couldn't agree more mate. Oh for the days of "Bruce Rioch is wonderful, Bruce Rioch is won-der-ful, full of health, full of go, full of vigour, Bruce Rioch is won-der-ful. Sang to the tune of an old Mothers Pride advert I think....sorry, showing my age!!
31/10/2006 15:18:00
Extremely well written article there VOTH, I would imagine that it sums up most supporters views and beliefs quite admirably. You are quite correct in that now is the time for supporters to unite, after years and years of protests, complaints, and rants against a regime that was destroying the very heart and soul of the club. Giving wholehearted support to Randy, his board, MON and the players is imperative right now. The rebuilding is underway, the foundations being laid for a bright and successful future.
31/10/2006 15:37:00
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