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Sorry for the title, I think I'm having a breakdown, far too much good news going about!

Martin O'Neill says he doesn't know how much money he has to spend in January, but whatever the sum, he wants to buy players as cheaply as possible!

The Villa boss said of Randy Lerner, 'He is very supportive. I have not sat down with him and asked how much money there is. I think that he is very supportive and wants to do well for the football club. Again I get back to it, I think he feels that he wants everyone working around the place... earning money and deserving to do so. He is supportive... That's my view.'

On the funding he added when asked how much he has to spend: 'I genuinely don't know. I would rather get players for as little as I could pay for them. Let's say that there was some player who I really thought could do the job and the selling club were prepared to let him go but for a price greater than I wanted to pay, then I'd have a decision to make. If I felt a player at that time who I'd paid over the odds for, would do it for me over a period of time - then I'd do it.'

'An example of that is Dean Ashton, the centre forward at West Ham who's broken his ankle. I remember John O'Hare telling me when Dean was at Crewe that I should take him up to Celtic. Anyway he went to Norwich and they paid the money, and then West Ham paid 7m for him when even the manager said he thought it was a bit over the odds. But is it over the odds if he's back fit and knocking on the door for England? So it all becomes irrelevant if the player does it for you.'

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Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday November 2 2006

Time: 11:23AM

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I think MON is too bright and knowledgeable to be suckered into buying a mug, unlike some previous incumbents of the job, and I am sure he will do his best both for Randy and the club. I'm looking forward to the next transfer window, it could be interesting and exciting.
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02/11/2006 11:41:00

dont be fooled by the smoke screen...both manager and chairman have clear plan and you can bet that the visible effects of rhe lerner/o'neill revolution will begin to kick in in january
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02/11/2006 11:42:00

All he is saying makes perfect sense, let alone business sense. To say that he wants to get players as cheaply as possible is obvious. Why would he want to pay 10 mil for a player he can get for 5?
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02/11/2006 12:16:00

I am not so sure that January is going to bring the changes most seem to be anticipating. I envisage a couple of signings, hopefully of a decent quality. However I believe that we will see much more activity next summer. This is when M'ON will have had a full season to identify who is surplus to requirements. Players from other clubs will also have had a season to see if the work that M'ON and Randy are doing, is something that they would like to be part of. UTV
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02/11/2006 12:28:00

MON's a smart little birdie. If he comes out saying he's got 40m from Randy then suddenly when Villa come calling all the prices go up. Keep schtum and get a few bargins me thinks.
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02/11/2006 12:40:00

got a point Paul plus its best not to go over board with spendings I mean the Dildo salesman must be laughing all the way to the bank after Wigan paid 5.5m for Heskey
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02/11/2006 13:24:00

The dildo salesmen. Christo I like it. And I am glad to see it catching on. UTV
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02/11/2006 13:33:00

5.5m for Heskey, LOL, makes me laugh every time I see it.
The Fear
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02/11/2006 14:06:00

Wigan could of had him for 2m or less as Birmingham were relegated
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02/11/2006 14:38:00

Nathan Tyson is making a comeback for Forest....any thoughts? Too much like Gabby? I wonder if Beattie would perform under MON?
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02/11/2006 17:29:00

Think MO'N will pick up some good bargains. At times people may moan and wonder about the decision of buying someone, however, with his managerial skills i can see MO'N turning any player into a very good, consistent one, so cheap should be ok!
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02/11/2006 17:36:00

I recall some time back that MON mentioned not letting his available funds become public knowledge for exactly those reasons Paul, makes sense to me, HESKEY 5.5M (just thought I would give you another laugh Mr Fear) UTV
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02/11/2006 20:33:00

Very sensible comments by Mr O'Neill. I honestly cant think of any better guy to have spending any cash made available than our current guy in charge. He and his assistants will have already targeted the guys they want to bring in, and for us, the supporters, its time to sit back and wait. I do expect one or two surprises to be arriving through the Villa Park entrance door.
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03/11/2006 00:51:00

I don't remember Arsenal ever shouting their transfer budget to the whole world and look what happens with them. They get in quality and pay the correct price at the time for the player at his current level of developement, everything from Cheap-cheap to really quite expensive. I think that that is exaactly what M'ON is saying, pay what the player is worth and let the directors worry about funding the purchase, if the money is not available, they will soon say so. On the forum I asked the General about transfer budgets and got the reply that the budget will be based on O'Neill's outline of requirements, not just a sum plucked out of the air as many (read most) clubs appear to do.
Villain Of The North
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03/11/2006 04:04:00

I think thar O'Neil knows exactly what money is available and as already identified his targets. Hopefully a couple will be available in January, but I think O'Neil will wait until the summer rather than switching to a secondary targets.
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03/11/2006 07:27:00

I don't like to big up other clubs and managers, but lets hope MO'N can emulate what Wenger has done over the years. What an astute buyer and seller of players! Look at what he has paid for players like Henry, Fabregas, etc., and what he has recouped by selling the likes of Petit, Viera and co at a time when many might have kept them a bit longer. I think MO'N will be just as good, given the chance and enough time to do a long-term job.
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03/11/2006 12:39:00

If MON picks up just one player like Henry I will have his babies. UTV
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03/11/2006 14:07:00

the cheaper the better
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03/11/2006 15:19:00

Villa to buy SISSOKO
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03/11/2006 15:20:00

Martin will, I'm sure, know which players will be available in January. No doubt he will also be trying to unload some of those under-performing and/or or surplus to requirements. I suspect there will be quite a few surprises -both in and out! - but there's no way he going to divulge how much Randy Lerner will allow him to spend - thats how it should be!
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03/11/2006 15:55:00

Wengers net (after all vat, agents fees, transfers in and out)spend in ten years at the Arse has been just 50 million. Or put another way, just 5 million a season. This almost the same money as our previous manager (whats his name again?) spent in his three years here. He is undoubtedly the man by which to judge your standards. Ferguson (with club raised money) and Moanarinhio (with Abromobiatches money) have different agendas. Randy will not provide M'ON with a bottomless pit of wonga and if he can do half as much as Wenger has for the Arse I think we will all be pleased. In his 10 years they have won 3 titles (including two doubles), 4 Charity Shields, 4 FA Cups and been to a UEFA Cup and Champions League Final. So if the year was 2016 and I was reminiscing over the last 10 years of M'ON and Randy and in that time we had won a couple of titles, a couple of FA Cups, been in a European Final and consistently been in the running for the honours. I think we would all be saying ..... job well done!!!! UTV
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03/11/2006 16:22:00

Loan deals maybe to get us by until the summer, when no doubt the major overhaul will take place.
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