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O'Neill Hasn't Finished Buying Yet

Martin O'Neill has dropped the heaviest hint yet that more players will be arriving before the close of the transfer window. He said in The Times:

'If somebody says that doesn’t make us strong enough, well, we’re not strong enough at the moment, but that’s because we haven’t got all the players in yet.'

He also says he doesn't really care what the likes of Tony Cascarino, who criticised the signing of Nigel Reo-Coker and Marlon Harewood from West Ham, says as long as he knows he is doing the right things.

O'Neill said: 'Let everybody have their viewpoint. It's of no significance to me and it's not important. People have opinions, but I've got to make judgments, and there's a world of difference. I could pontificate from now to next Tuesday about Arsène Wenger's team, Sir Alex Ferguson's side, Jose Mourinho's team, but it would be of no concern to them, and that is how I view it.....I know he has a reputation for speaking his mind, but as long as it makes a bit of sense, I have no problem with people speaking their mind.'

Adding: 'Our job is to be able to try to compete with the bigger teams, so we also need to build a squad. This has become very important. Liverpool have improved their squad immensely, and this is a team that reached the Champions League final last season. So just when you start to think that you're putting a squad together - I'm not saying we have yet - then the other teams seem to be pulling out of sight again.'

'It's difficult in this day and age to go and get players of decent quality. Lots of people questioned the decision to buy Ashley Young last season, but Ashley will prove to be a bargain, I firmly believe, especially given the inflated prices that are being paid now. I want to try to keep a semblance of normality about this when normality seems to no longer exist, in terms of the market, and I want to make sure that Aston Villa and thereby the chairman get real value for money.'

'I don't want to run this thing like I have an open chequebook. But the two of us are aware that to give ourselves a bit of a chance, a leg-up to begin with, we will have to go into the market for players, and I intend to build a competitive squad here. If somebody says that doesn't make us strong enough, well, we're not strong enough at the moment, but that's because we haven't got all the players in yet.'

Randy Lerner also said last week: “We realise that we have to be aggressive in the transfer market to shore up the team based on the manager’s assessment.”

Our latest poll asks how many more players you think will arrive this summer.




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Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday July 29 2007

Time: 11:27AM

Your Comments

It`s a great article in the times,very positive.UTV
ASPINALL
Great article and one that should make us all realise that Martin and Randy are the real deal and i can only see a bright future for our great club.
silkie villain
Indeed, a good article. Sick of reading doom mongering. Even if we don't add any big names, i'm already excited to see what our front line can deliver us this season. It's probably our most exciting attack line up we've had in years.
johnnyuk
My missus keeps telling me it's not the size that matters, it's the quality.
Hoss The Villain
we got the foundations now. superb. all we gotta do is build on it. MON and RL are the people to do it. Superb
Eaton_thevillafan
From what I've seen over here in North America, two or three more arrivals are a must, right back in particular. We're heading in the right direction, the basis of a very useful team in place, but we haven't looked good at the back. far from it. We're getting there, but we aint there yet.
glensider
Hoss -She didn't say that to me mate? 8-)
Gazvilla
Or me, has Glensider gone to America? I wished he would of told us!
silkie villain
I hope were not just building this up to a big (huge) disapoinment come the start of the season.
bigdiondubs
Well if Villa score as well away from home as my missus then we'll all have something to celebrate this year.
Hoss The Villain
Just supporting my club silkie villain, just supporting my club.
glensider
Just kidding glensider, only jealous! Will look out for you saturday, a sun tan and an i love Ohio t-shirt.
silkie villain
Based on the current poll results we're an optimistic lot aren't we. Some (guess who) might say deluded even! :)
YatesyVillain
Both Melburg and NRC have stated in recent Interviews that the manager will be bringing in three or four more players, cant wait.
col8
Less talk more action please MON! There are players out there, why is it so bloody hard?
DeanoVilla
Hasn't finished buying yet? You have to smile. i wasn't aware he'd even started.
glensider
 

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