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O'Neill Looking At Big Picture

O'Neill Looking At Big Picture

Martin O'Neill says he isn't just looking at the short term, despite a run of 12 games without a win, he is looking at the big picture and intends to be at Villa long term.

I still think that is music to most Villa fans ears, despite coming under some criticism of late, most seem satisfied to wait and allow the new guys to build for the future, or am I reading things wrongly?

He said: 'My intention is actually to win some games for Aston Villa so that we start doing well. That's really it. I have a longer term ambition, and I intend to be here. I intend to get this right, and it will be a big effort. In this day and age what I have noticed is that people feel now more than ever before in this life, that they have a right to criticise - no matter what it may be about. No longer is it an opinion, it is now a 'critical analysis'. That really is not important to me. It is results which are important.'

Adding: 'There is a bigger picture here. That's what is important. The rest of it is immaterial. During the course of your time you will get criticised. If Sir Alex Ferguson can take some monumental criticism last season - for never being in the chase, knocked out of Europe against Benfica and not even qualifying from the group, well, the rest of us should just accept it. So it is not a problem. The bottom line is you have to win some games, and nobody should be above criticism in this game and I am certainly not, absolutely not. I ain't that good to be above criticism. And if Ferguson and all those boys get criticised, then just take it.'

'I am well aware of jobs' trials and tribulations and everything like that. The one thing that you cannot be in this game is feel that you cannot be criticised. It does not make me not aware that I have to win games. I have said before that we are in a results business and we have to try to win some games.'

Not totally sure there has been that much criticism of him in truth? I also think that fans will always talk about games, players and managers, I'd say that is pretty much what footie is about, opinions, debates and arguments. And pies obviously, don't forget the pies.


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Writer:J P Fear
Date:Friday January 19 2007
Time: 3:11PM

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No, there hasn't been much criticism of MON at all. Most fans know we have a long way to go and that our current squad just simply isn't good enough to seriously compete, or be anything more than a mid-table side at best. We have finally shaken off the 'Ellis' yoke and we all know that it will take years to undo the damage he has done.
jonah
19/01/2007 15:35:00
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He's a top class manager but seriously: "It does not make me not aware that I have to win games." WTF!!!
kenny lunt
19/01/2007 16:31:00
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He's come in and injected confidence in a fair few average players and there's a team-spirit and desire now. I think the main criticisms too date have been his signing of Petrov (and Sutton wasn't terribly popular either!) and (in some quarters) his decision to send Hendrie on loan and a lack of transfer activity. In reality, he's done and is doing a very good job in making this squad happier, hungrier and playing with more bite than for a while. It's been said before many times but add some class and skill into the side and watch us go. I think he's still the messiah that walked into Villa Park those months ago and he's going to prove it.
baros10
19/01/2007 16:41:00
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What a massive change to have a manager who is introspective and self-critical. All O'Dreary ever did was to make excuses for having to play his "honest bunch of kids", praise the opposition or "bow & scrape" to Ellis and his fables. What a difference now. Let's get behind him and the boys tomorrow and show our gratitude for all that he and Randy are doing for us. Bring a friend or two with you; let's fill the stadium.
villacross
19/01/2007 17:50:00
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The messiah speaks the truth, have faith
steff_the_villan
19/01/2007 18:17:00
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according to O'Leary it was all the Villa fans fault
Christo
19/01/2007 19:11:00
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Yet MON, who would I feel be fully justified in having a dig at the couch potato stay aways, keeps his tongue very firmly in check.
glensider
19/01/2007 19:31:00
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I think he has been lucjy that there hasn't been much criticism of him. After all had it been another individual then I think they would have gone in all honesty! Still like to see a signature to say he is here for the long term though, be gutting if a big one comes in for him!!
spit-fire
19/01/2007 19:46:00
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A win tomorrow will restore the faith and make the future look alot brighter than it has been.
col8
19/01/2007 23:47:00
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