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Most Pointless Villa Article Ever?

Most Pointless Villa Article Ever?

Sorry, don't usually comment directly on newspaper articles but this one, by Patrick Barclay in the Telegraph today has to be about the worst I've ever read: Click Here

His premise is that Martin O'Neill isn't altogether thrilled at being at Villa and that he is still a good bet for the Manchester United job.

Basically he is saying that O'Neill is still the bookies favourite for the Man Utd job jointly with Mark Hughes (both at 7/2). So? The job isn't vacant and the way Fergie is going, won't be for a long time.

I see no substance in that whatsoever, or any real reason or substance to the article where he says after missing out on the England job:

Watching O'Neill on television diffidently intoning his respect for Chelsea and seeming altogether devoid of relish, I rejoiced that he would not face the sort of mauling all those who lead England eventually suffer. At least, spared that, he can preserve his reputation in readiness for the day — if it ever arrives — when United or some other great institution call. Time is running out. O'Neill, 54, is no longer a young manager and all the while others are acquiring experience at a pace he cannot currently match, especially in Europe. Yet listen to those bookies — or the voices in their ears. They must be confident those who advise the Glazer family on what is best for United believe that, in this case, class will tell.

What relish would you expect to see our manager show after drawing with Chelsea, would you expect him to be jumping up and down with joy? O'Neill knows he is at the bottom of a very steep hill at Villa and only new arrivals will see us start to truly climb that hill.

Maybe O'Neill isn't altogether happy, maybe it is taking him time to settle back into the tough Premiership league after so long out of the game, who knows as the man quite rightly keeps his cards very closely to his chest but he loves the game and seems to have taken to the Villa like a duck to water, a few new arrivals and a couple of wins and we'll be off and running.

So what do we have to do to get decent National press? Maybe we should re-locate to London or start wearing red? And don't get me started on Match of the Day hiding our famous badge behind the stadium in the intro!

Nice timing though Barclay, trying to unsettle the manager and team before a big game, well done, nice try, close but no cigar.


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Writer:J P Fear
Date:Sunday January 7 2007
Time: 11:01AM

Comments

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if o'neill was so unhappy to be at villa, why did he turn down a host of so-called bigger clubs the decide to join us ? its not as if he needs to build up his cv or needs the cash.as far as im concerned, if he is true to his word and we get 5years out of him and has acheived something with us, i would wish him the very best at united.the reality is that we are not at the same level as united by a very long measure.so these links are always going to happen to such a highly rated manager (the most sought after according to a recent fans poll)
JASON
07/01/2007 11:12:00
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I hate people like him surely he must be a United fan
Christo
07/01/2007 11:29:00
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Sounds like the scratchings of a typical trouble causing journo' to me. Shows yet again that the media seem to have a hate for Villa. Probably our great history that offends them.
spit-fire
07/01/2007 11:32:00
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Great managers mould clubs as well as teams in their image - most famously Clough at Forest. At Villa, with Lerner's backing, Mart has the opportunity to follow in the footsteps of his mentor. And let's be honest, whoever takes over at Man Utd when Fergie steps upstairs will be handed a thankless task.
pongogidman
07/01/2007 11:38:00
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That makes no sense at all. Fergie is on the verge of retirement, Mr O'Neil could have waited a bit longer, done some TV work, kept the garden trim and bided his time for the Man U job. But no, he didn't. He wants to manage Villa, because he can see the opportunity it presents to make him look EVEN better by resurecting us.
evoflash
07/01/2007 11:40:00
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Great article, especially the bit about O'Neill having no experience in Europe. Apart from being in the Champions League every year with Celtic.
IanSymes
07/01/2007 11:51:00
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Very few of the pundits and ''experts'' have links to villa from their careers,apart from alan mcanaly and andy gray.Tony Cotees bias towards Wham makes my blood boil.And were never really challenging for anything or fighting relegation so the build up on tv is always about the team were playing.Were never David or Goliath (apart from today)
Pking
07/01/2007 12:05:00
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Obviously the man (a term I use loosely when referring to journos) had failed to find a decent story, editor is on his back, so he decides to write complete and utter *********, MON did not have to take the Villa job, he chose to, and if that *****es off a lot people who wanted him to manage their team then so be it, jealosy pure and simple.
steff_the_villan
07/01/2007 12:17:00
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Maybe there is nothing else, disgraceful really that a reporter can cast dispursions on the Manager of a club and the part he will play in the future of that club. Could be just an easy story, knocked out last thing when all other avenues of honest journalism have failed to fill his vacant pages. The man is taking money from the Telegraph under false pretences and should be receiving a rocket up the arseole fron his Sports Editor (if he bothers to read his drivel) MON long haul at Villa Park Telegraph reporter one step from Unemployment.
col8
07/01/2007 12:17:00
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What worries me is that he can't seem to win a game at the moment - he also doesn't seem on the verge of any major signings - any manager with those stormclouds hanging over him - isn't likley to be to chuffed - and the press soon pick up on this. - If fergie quits Manu - I would expect O Neil to be in the frame - the only reason he won't be - is villa are still languishing in the bottom half of the prem, and bringing in players on loan.
qKing
07/01/2007 12:20:00
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