Shape Up Or Ship Out Of Villa?
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Shape Up Or Ship Out Of Villa?

Shape Up Or Ship Out Of Villa?

Is this a shape up or ship out warning? Certainly looks like it as Villa manager Marin O'Neill has warned the underperforming Villa stars that they have until the New Year to prove their worth.

He told the Birmingham Mail:

'I want another two months of football before I start to make a genuine and concerted judgment on the players here, and that's on players who have played pretty often. You can imagine how less informed I'd be on those who have played less. Once I make my mind up I may stick with it but at the moment I'm deliberating.'
He also talks of the Czech Republic star Milan Baros who has yet to really explode onto the scene for Villa:

'The confidence element of football is so, so important. Some confidence in players can be very strong, and in other cases it can be less so. With some people it can be very brittle. I remember as a player if you started a game brightly and got early touches, and if you were lucky enough to score a goal or make a goal, you were flying. Milan came in when the side was going okay after not being able to get into the starting line-up, then Luke Moore got injured and Milan got a chance.'

Adding: 'In truth, he is short of what I would call serious match-play fitness. But then again, how do you get there? You'd be hoping that there would be much more to his game when he gets that,' he explained. But as a manager I have a duty to win some football games, incorporating all of those aspects at the same time.'

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Writer:J P Fear
Date:Friday November 3 2006
Time: 5:45PM


Let the big clear out begin Martin. We wont win anything with this current squad, despite how well they've started the season.
19/03/2007 01:51:00
Baros just doesn't seem to be with it, there is no passion, is it a coincidence it is his picture at the begining of this article or a premonition, shame, we all know what this man is capable of, just wish he would get on with it. UTV
06/11/2006 09:53:00
Can you keep Angel, his goals are proving useful to us!!
04/11/2006 17:11:00
I think you will see some changes come the transfer window.
04/11/2006 13:48:00
So the axe hovers. Hopefully not for Mr Baros, who as far as I'm concerned is someone we need to pull out all of the stops to keep, but if, and only if his heart is really at the club. A tremendous talent, one who we should be looking to keep, and build a team around. If though, as I am sadly beginning to accept, his heart and ambitions lie abroad, then probably the sooner he leaves, the better. Otherwise, I dont expect too many departures in January. We no longer have to sell to survive, so MON will no doubt only be offloading the absolute deadwood, as he attempts to build a reasonably sized, decent squad.
04/11/2006 12:28:00
Im always wary about taking players from the supposed "top four" in that you get the feeling that they are settling for 2nd best Mr Baros and the Djemba twins for example. One exception was "GOD" of course.
silkie villain
04/11/2006 12:15:00
When he got back in the team the way we played changed. It went from fast attacking football to negative trips and fowls, He doesnt seem to want to play. The incident at the Holte End where he got the ball stuck between his legs looked to me like he wasnt concentrating. Saying all of that we have seen that he can do it. So if money is not an issue put him in the squad and let him fight for a place.
04/11/2006 08:58:00
From what we've seen of Baros, it strikes me that he is really only interested in playing for his country. When he does so the effort and passion is there but he doeas not apear to be able to reproduce that at club level. I think that in order for him to do well he needs to play for a club that he realy cares about, the team he suppoted as a boy for example (does anyone know who that is?). Until he really starts to care, no matter how talented he is (and he is very talented) he will not live up to his potential. The question is, can MON help him to start caring about Villa?
Villain Of The North
04/11/2006 07:30:00
You are right Jon, if only he would play as we know he can, he has too many natural gifts to be discarded lightly, but you have to question where his head is in all this. He should be the automatic choice.
03/11/2006 23:23:00
He said a few weeks ago that he wanted to be part of the Villa revolution, but that requires effort and commitment. Perhaps this is why MON was seeking British players, if possible. Is it that many of them have a different work ethic? It will be interesting to see how this develops.
03/11/2006 20:18:00
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