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Villa Boss Explains Exits

Villa Boss Explains Exits

Martin O'Neill has explained to the official site why, with a depleted squad, he decided to let two players leave Aston Villa.

With the exits of Peter Whittingham who moved to Cardiff and loan exit of Eric Djemba-Djemba who is now at Burnley, O'Neill said:

'Peter has gone to basically resurrect his career and get it going again. He has undoubted talent, but I think now is the time for him to go and play regular football. He's taken that opportunity. Eric Djemba-Djemba hasn't been featuring for us and therefore it's an opportunity for him to go and play some games.'

'This makes perfect sense for the pair of them. But, while we've got a couple going out, we would naturally want to bring people in and we're working strenuously at that to do something.'

It is obvious that jumper jumper was never going to be played so to get shot was the decent thing to do for the player but with no new arrivals, it does seem a strange strategy selling Whits for so little and carrying on from what we've seen over recent years where I'm told the youth policy has saved us but can't count how many of our youth products are now established Premiership players, let alone international players.

I think it is obvious that the short term way forward is a buying strategy and look for the likes of Ridgewell, Cahill and Agbonlahor to continue to blossom and remain in the Villa set up. Far too many of the golden generation have failed to make the level or to generate much income from their sale. Cooke, Stefan Moore, Foley, Myhill etc all spring to mind.


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Writer:J P Fear
Date:Saturday January 13 2007
Time: 6:19PM

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Have to agree that none of the players sold look like world beaters, but it does seem strange with no cover bought in. Come on Martin give us some players to be proud of.
mackaavfc
13/01/2007 18:24:00
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it is a frustrating time, must admit no teams seem to be getting quality additions, if others were doing a lot better then I think we'd have cause to complain but I bet most of the moves happen in the last week, just hope we are amongst them. Think the summer will be much more fruitful but got to make sure we finish well to attract some, we can't get sucked into the relegation battle again PLEEEAASSSEEE!
The Fear
13/01/2007 18:32:00
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Theres no point in paying over the odds in a panic.Im sure O Neill is more frustrated than anyone.
Pking
13/01/2007 18:42:00
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Everyone else is paying over the odds, £7m Boa Morte a prime example! If we dont compete in the transfer market now you watch the likes of Spuds etc pay top dollar and snap up all the quality players that are available.
mackaavfc
13/01/2007 18:47:00
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Boa Morte was 5m?
tarzan
13/01/2007 18:51:00
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But is £7m really the sort of chas you should be spending on Boa Morte. Honestly what other major signings have been made so far in this window by any of the top clubs? I think you'll find the answer is zero.....
Thegreatdando
13/01/2007 18:51:00
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Tarzan - Boa Morte was £5m plus Etherington who was valued at £2m.
mackaavfc
13/01/2007 18:56:00
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i think what o'neil is doing is the right thing because lets face it i dont think whittingham would of made your starting 11 and i have met martin when he was at celtic,, he has got the footballing brain,,, he might not buy people yet but you wait,....... you will be thinking your glad you never signed boa morte
bluebird04
13/01/2007 19:41:00
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I'm all for clearing out the deadwood, that has to be done, so no complaints from me on that score. I am though a little bit concerned now about the lack to date of the very much needed incoming new faces.
glensider
13/01/2007 21:03:00
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I think Whittingham was out of contract at the end of the season so it was either get some money now or let him go for nothing, as he wasn't going to be offered a new contract.
pongo wearing
13/01/2007 22:25:00
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