Writer: J P Fear
Date:Sunday January 7 2007
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.
Date:Sunday January 7 2007
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