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O'Neill - Villa To Challenge

Martin O'Neill has again saluted Villa owner Randy Lerner.

He told avfc.com: 'He has embraced the whole history of the football club and has been extremely supportive of me. In terms of asking for anything so far, he's been on the other end of the telephone. During our poor time last season would have been hurting as badly as anybody else, but he was always on the phone, saying, 'Listen, we'll get this right. This is a long-term strategy'. He would remind me that we're in it for the long haul. That is always nice to know in a business that is not renowned for long haul. He has an understanding of what I want to do and supports that viewpoint.'

Adding, 'We established a rapport pretty quickly and I think he was pleasantly surprised that I knew some things about American football, although he may have felt I'd done a bit of homework the night before. Naming all the teams in the National Football League, however, is not something that would be wildly impressive to him. He's a man who would need to be impressed by other things. The biggest thing about him, from the fans' perspective, is that, like myself, he's here for it, he wants to have a go and he wants to do it and this is very much the common goal.'

He also questioned whether we can be up there and challenging Manchester United and Chelsea next season but says Villa are aiming to do so in the next couple of seasons.

'Me, personally, I want to be successful because that's why I'm in this business. Ego, pride, call it what you will, but I would genuinely love to be successful with the football club, as much for the Villa people who turned out on that day a year ago. I can say honestly that I've got the same drive and the same determination now at my age that I had when I was 20.'

Star signing might well push Villa upwards and lay down our marker? How about a bank busting bid for a real big name?!?!? :o)




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Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday July 29 2007

Time: 11:32AM

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1 big signing would really calm alot of supporters down. The action starts now, no more reasons why we cant add players on a daily basis.
son_of_cher
You cant really fault what Randy has done to this club in less than twelve months, staying in the background while he could be recieving the plaudits. We had all that with Herbert, now it makes me smile to see Egghead "the biscuit barron" at Wet spam and Waldorf and Stadtler at Redscouse hogging the limelight.Keep the faith UTV!!!
silkie villain
We have the right people in place no doubt about that, now they just need the time to really get this thing moving. We've a lot of catching up to do, and despite everyone's best intentions, this thing wont be turned around over night.
glensider
Turn the words into action and we will all be happy (thankyou for training ground, nike and hotel by the way). It doesnt take a lot to please us, it only took stan collymore or baros before and we all went flippin mental. Let me propose 2 quality signings (not squad players, players who will clearly improve on a position) and I reckon even AVFC48 will be beaming.
bigdiondubs
Agree bigdiondubs. Turn words into action where the 'promised' team strengthening is concerned, and supporters will be eating out of Randy and MON's hands again.
glensider
I believe there have probably been quiet attempts to sign big names, but without CL footbal we will struggle to do so. I would at this stage rather see a strong team earning european football without star names, than overpay a star signing that didn't truly want to join us. Would we really be better off if we'd got Bellamy for what West Ham paid for him, (for example)? I agree with silkie, considering the general neglect suffered under the village idiot Herbert, the changes at the club in the last 12 months have been staggering.
The Usual Suspect
A good guide to how far you have come under MO will be how you fare compared to Spurs!
sandgroanun
How about a bank busting bid for a real big name, Villa need big names to show their intent not just to other Permiership clubs but to its own supporters.
col8
Would you believ that there is an 'O'Neill is a clown' thread going on in the 100% football forum? What do some people want FFS? I thought, naively as it turned out, that all villa fans were intelligent enough to know that we had a lot of catching up to do after the E***S years and it would take time. Obviously not, some people obviously want instant success and are too stupid to see that it doesn't work that way. MON is one of the finest managers in the game, we are lucky to have him and, judging by some of the posts on here, we certainly don't deserve him.
jonah
I would still class myself a MON fan, but he does baffle me sometimes with some things he says and his lack of action to back things up. I have no doubt he's the best man to get the best out of the current squad but maybe not the best man to improve the current squad.
DeanoVilla
 

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