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The manager is having to stick up for the Chairman and new owner despite nothing happening!

That is the one problem with not talking to the press and being clear, rumours start and those rumours become 'fact' as they make print.

O'Neill commented on one strange question: 'There's work being done in the background - but who knows whether that materialises or not? I think the chairman wants to do something, no doubt about that. I was asked a question last week, about Randy Lerner failing to come up with the promises. Excuse me - there has been no time to do that because there's been no period to do anything. And actually it's not true because he was the one, coming in very late, who said: 'Let's try to get James Milner.' after we'd signed Stiliyan Petrov.'

'I might not be able to get the quality of player in January - that's my only concern. The rest does not concern me.'

I can understand people being sceptical or sitting on the fence and waiting to see, we've had so many promises over the years from the previous regime that now people want to see action - and in my belief we've seen about as much action as possible judging by the transfer window closing just at the point O'Neill and Randy rolled into town - but I'm not sure I can understand some of the negativity or the suggestion that Randy hasn't fulfilled his promises.

Do we really think Randy, or indeed Martin O'Neill, who is a canny bugger, would go to the press and say we've got £x to spend and thus inflate any potential transfer targets price by 50%?

Thought not.

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:J P Fear
Date:Tuesday December 26 2006
Time: 5:20PM

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Some people will never be happy. (the media)
26/12/2006 17:34:00
They ran this same article on another 'fan site' and this borders on the verge of stupidity...Lerner has delivered on everything so far, he's invested in the training ground, started renovating the surrounding area's to Villa Park, invited back Ron Saunders, and organised free travel to games for fans. I'm pretty sure that he would have signed some playes had this transfer window not been in place.....
26/12/2006 17:37:00
agree with both, some will never be happy, some will look for a story where there isn't one and yes, I think it is a bang on certainty money would have been spent if not for the transfer window, if not why would they be bothering to improve Bodymoor for the 'bigger named' players? Just got to be patient, I'm happy with 10th, of course I'd rather we were 3rd but 10th is a damn site better than last season and at least we now know we are building?
The Fear
26/12/2006 17:52:00
Let's face it, the world is full of stupid feckers!
Villain Of The North
26/12/2006 18:09:00
nicely summed up! lol
The Fear
26/12/2006 19:06:00
To be fair, after 20 games last season, Villa had only three less points and were only three places lower in the table. They had won the same number of games...
26/12/2006 20:12:00
We're doing alright for a tired team of pros sprinkled with some untried youngsters. When the money comes, and it will, Villa will be challenging the big boys. As previously stated, though, some people will never be happy.
26/12/2006 20:22:00
But look at the difference in the quality of play then and now...if you could only add goals to that!
26/12/2006 20:27:00
Surely "when" the money comes in should be "if". Forgive me for being cynical, but it's fair enough given what we are used to, but surely we should be waiting for actions rather than words. I hope the owners put as much money into the transfer market as they do into trying to convince the fans they are "cool"!
Lion Dog
26/12/2006 20:32:00
Every thing done so far has been brill i think, do these people prefer ellis or something, if we spend about 10 mil in jan i will be happy.
chris the villan
26/12/2006 20:44:00
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