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Martin's Dynasty

Martin's Dynasty

Martin’s Dynasty

As we look back over the first year of our new chapter, we can see many things have changed.

The Board – Randy, The General, Bob Kain, Richard Fitzgerald, are all experienced people using their

Specific skills to help the club develop.

The Brand- A new badge, a new perception of Aston Villa has been born. It’s only the first year but it’s our chapter to write!

The facilities – The updating of VP through general appearance, a new stand on the horizon, the Holte Hotel and Bodymoor heath –which by next season will have the new pitches laid (2.8mill) and we will have a completed facility that has cost, just shy of 17million pounds and rival’s the best in the country.

The Academy- We have been producing young talent for years with Gordon and Dwight players who have both gone onto lift European cups. This alone is a fantastic element of our club I am very proud of.

The players- We have seen players go and they are being replaced by players of a higher quality.

As we continue to grow and acquire players with the right attitude (What’s ability without this!-Marlon for example- I’ll work for my place and earn it!) and ability to take us forward we will only get stronger and stronger.

Finally –

The Manager- In Martin O’Neill we have one of the most respected and feared managers in the country.

Who in my opinion could manage any club in the top 4. There are not many other managers in the UK who as players have won Championships, European cups & domestic cups. These are all experiences, players can learn from. He has managed at all levels, and won domestic cups with an unfashionable club against the big boys.

So as we embark on our new chapter, I believe we will enter a golden period. Martin has got cart Blanche on football at the club. He runs it from top to toe, including all the transfer dealings. This is one hell of a responsibility, but one he relishes and he takes very seriously. Any football expressed/performed by AVFC is a direct reflection on him. The only ingredient we need now is time, to let him mould the club and grease the machine, so it works perfectly.

If you look at all the successful British managers, one thing they all had was time to develop the club.

Jock Stein – Celtic (13years), Alex Ferguson –Aberdeen (8years), Alex Ferguson –Man Utd (21years),

Matt Busby –Man Utd (24years), Brian Clough –Forrest (18years), Bill Shankly –Liverpool (15years),

Bob Paisley-Liverpool (9years), Arsene Wenger –Arsenal (11years), Ron Saunders –Villa (8years)

Fergie was going to get sacked at Manu after 3 years and no trophies…!!

Everything takes hard work and time. A solid foundation has to be built…most importantly we need everyone to work together as one team to achieve it.

As Ron Saunders said, Peter Withe (at 30) was the last piece of the jigsaw…then looked what happened!!

It will take time for us to develop and to compete at the level we want to be at. There will be no quick fix, or a single record signing that will be the answer.

But building bit by bit and by everyone pulling together, we can try to achieve the 5 yr plan in 3yrs, the 7yr plan in 5yrs and the 10yr plan in 7yrs….It’s up to all of us to help achieve success.

Everything is coming together… it may take 10yrs to compete for the European cup and lift it again, but it’s already been 25yrs!!!...and if anything we have been further away…at least now we have the ambition, the structure and the right people to make the dream……. a reality. Come on you Lions!!

JF:(sorry for problem with images)

Date:Friday July 27 2007
Time: 12:55PM


NOW THIS IS MORE LIKE IT. GOOD ARTICLE!!!! Also, do you have Fly Fishing by J. R. Hartley?
27/07/2007 13:21:00
Good article but the naysayers won't be convinced. No team, business or organisation ever got built
27/07/2007 13:27:00
.....without a lot of hardwork and time being invested. Money alone never does trick.
27/07/2007 13:28:00
The point being...lets not get on the case too early if things are not going as quickly as we want.People compare, or look towards spurs.They have been building a team for years -RB -Chimbonda they chased for 2 years, LB- they tried 3 different players, and they are still looking for that infamous LW.We are on the right track!
27/07/2007 13:33:00
Fantastic article....well said onelovevilla.....keep up the good work
27/07/2007 14:19:00
Stig, I can't find Fly fishing by JR Hartley(a riveting read), but I have got Oragami folding- How to avaid papercuts.-Paperback ;o)
27/07/2007 14:26:00
Great article - I just wonder what MON's final piece is. Assuming he goes with his 4-3-3 style he likes. I think he has got his LB (Bouma) CB (Laursen, Cahill, Mellberg - who I imagine is soon to be replaced) and a trio or midfielders in (Barry, Reo-Coker and Petrov) and strikers (Young, Gabby/Moore, Carew) with the rest of players as squad players. He must be searching high and low for the rest. I have a feeling RB may be our problem area like Spurs LW problem!!!
27/07/2007 14:41:00
Good article, very proud to have MON as manager, now I just hope we dont get overtaken by teams like Pompey, Man City, Newcastle, WHam etc having bigger and better squads than us. Imagine if MON could have players like Owen and Ljungberg at his disposal we would be awesome.
27/07/2007 15:47:00
superb, brilliant near Messiah ish in its content. can I have your babies ? Sorry got carried away with the over the top arse licking, do apologise. Good points though I'm looking back at all the similar comments made during the early days O Graham Taylor, David O'Leary and so on, and the similarity is remarkable. Still the comments were just as valid then as they are now so well done for putting them over so well
27/07/2007 16:35:00
Very good article! That's the kind of spirit I like Villa fans to have. Up the Villa!
27/07/2007 17:17:00
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