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O'Neill Coming To Terms With Market

Martin O'Neill has insisted that he has not missed out on any player transfer targets and says there will be new arrivals before the month is out.

He told the official site:

'Rest assured, we will have the players in. There are things in place at this moment. How many? It is hard to say but by the end of the window I would not want to be outnumbered in the sense of who has gone out and who has come in, so we have a few to bring in. I am in the throes of acquiring some more players at the moment. I have allowed some players to go and the chairman has allowed me to run the football club in the fashion I am doing.'

He also says that although he would rather wait and pay less, the market dictates the price and: 'In an ideal world I would have liked to have had a couple of other players in but between now and transfer deadline, we will have them in. I am absolutely sure.'

And to try to re-assure us: 'The fans will think we are losing some players and the reinforcements have not come in - but they will be there. Sometimes prices dictate a few things. I don't mind paying slightly over the odds for someone. I don't mind paying over the odds in a market where that is what people are doing. But sometimes when it is an enormous amount, I'll have to maybe reconsider. It is trying to get in the players I want and it's trying to get value for money. If the two equate, great. I am trying to run a club as diligently as I can but at the same time am aware if you don't compete, you don't count. It is a balancing act.'

And on the balancing act he explains: 'I haven't missed out on any of the main targets. It is just that the price keeps changing and it is me coming to terms with it. It does make it a bit more difficult but not impossible. There is no point in me carping on about November and December of last year when we had a severely depleted squad and finding out we are doing exactly the same this time around.'

I'm not sure I always understand what he is saying, but I do always enjoy his quotes. Hopefully he comes to terms with it all nice and quickly, then we can all stop moaning and fighting and get on with enjoying watching us compete for Europe. Or at least that is the theory, not sure things are ever quite that simple for us Villa fans, are they?

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Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday August 3 2007

Time: 1:51PM

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The club appears aware of the fans concerns. Panic buying the wrong player could set us back big time
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03/08/2007 14:18:00

And while he is coming to terms with the market, other clubs are making huge strides forward leaving us in their wake. A lot of pundits were talking about us as possible top 5 material in June. I notice we didnt even get a mention in a debate for top 8 today!
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03/08/2007 14:24:00

So far we've had a nett reduction of seven players. Putting his comment in context he should therefore bring seven in during the next 4 weeks. However working on the fact that Hendrie and DJx2 are not losses as such since they had already 'gone' we should be looking at five new faces.
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03/08/2007 14:41:00

No one could predict that W Ham and Man C would spend silly money on second rate players and push the market up so much, but given the amount of money coming into the premiership you can't blame clubs for trying it on. That being said if that is the going rate then that is what you pay. You buy nothing if you offer half the asking price, which is what we seem to be doing, even if that is the real value of the player.
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03/08/2007 14:59:00

West Ham are spending way over the odds for players but there aren't that many gambles there. Citeh on the other hand... jeez, Old Sven really has been on Football Manager too long! They're really going for a hit or miss policy there. Loads of cash on relative unknowns, hoping that they work out. I trust MON and Randy far more than Sven and Thaksin, or Curbs and Egghead!
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03/08/2007 15:24:00

I can't believe he is saying he is just coming to terms with the transfer market. What has he been doing the last 3 months. From the final day of last season he should have been looking at the market an doing what was required to get the players in that we need. Its such a muddled statement that it would appear to me that he has been told to come out and say something. Why have other clubs come to terms with the transfer market much more quickly than we have. As for no-one predicting that West Ham would be spending big, absolute rubbish. Everyone knew that West Ham would be spending big after the brush with relegation last season. The Man City situation changed during the off-season so couldn't have been predicted but as many people have said we have been caught cold. I do try not to critcise but this off-season has shown that the board may have the best of intentions but MON should not be dealing with valuations and contracts for players. He should identify the players that he wants and then the CEO should negotiate all other details.
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03/08/2007 15:26:00

Clubs who are in a position to do so are speculating, purely and simply because the rewards are there if they get it right. There are very definitely two different sides to the story with the regards to our 'inactivity' in the transfer market this summer, and while I, like thousands of others are baffled, surprised, and puzzled at our lack of involvement in the transfer market to date, MON does we trust have his finger firmly on the pulse, knows what he wants and needs, and accepts that without further key signings we are going absolutely nowhere this season. I think my frustration and anger is founded more upon our infuriating policy of off-loading players before we have better improvements heading through the entrance door. That to me, just doesn't make the slightest bit of sense. The right full back position being a classic example.
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03/08/2007 15:27:00

Give the guy a break, ill be honest and say hes making the most of what we have, I'd rather he not spend than have another Marlon Harewoodesque buy like a Titus Bramble for 10m or something
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03/08/2007 15:56:00

I better take my boots tomorrow a couple of injuries and you never know!
silkie villain
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03/08/2007 16:32:00

It sounds like a load of b@llox,i`ve never heard such mumbling rubbish and sick of the all talk-no action policy.My Sunday team manager is more prepared than this.
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03/08/2007 18:31:00

I think we all agree that mon has completley messed up. He needs to learn and learn quick. Next season will prob be another of missed chances aka Fat Ron Brian Little and JG. We all blamed Doug who are we going to blame this time???
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03/08/2007 18:42:00

No one am sure he knows what he is doing I am fed up with the window but am sure its a plan I dont wanna think thins like we aint signed anyone because they didn't want to come.
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03/08/2007 18:44:00

Martin is a great manager but he has admitted himself he doesnt understand the transfer market(sic) Its incredible if Bruce had said that we would be howling!!
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03/08/2007 18:46:00

maybe we need to hire someone who does but keep O'Neil as manager
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03/08/2007 18:48:00

I keep agreeing with you scary, good call bit who and will that undermine him???
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03/08/2007 18:50:00

dunno but if I wa shired I'd let him pick the teams and tell them what do do while I go after the players I want and splash the cash but i'd have to talk to Martin first
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03/08/2007 18:53:00

LITTLE77 - I don't agree with you. I am frustrated at lack of arrivals but that's my enthusiasm. MON has now stated that we should see a couple of fellas coming in. I'll be happy with that. UTV.
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03/08/2007 19:35:00

We all will be as long as there not other teams rejects
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03/08/2007 19:42:00

I find it hard to believe some of you guys. For heaven's sake stop moaning and get yourself a valium! MON has just indicated that we WILL be bringing players in, and you are all cursing and swearing and telling him how crap he is. What on earth would you be like if he hadn't issued his press release - gibbering wrecks?
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03/08/2007 20:02:00

And by the way, are you deliberately misreading what he said? He did NOT say he was having to come to terms with the transfer market, but that he was having to come to terms with being quoted one price one day, and then an inflated price the next. How would you react if you were buying a house and the price kept going up every time you spoke to the seller? Would you not take a night to sleep on it? Would you not think "bugger me they're havin a laugh"? I would!
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03/08/2007 20:05:00

Classic O'Neill admissions. Brilliant, every club in teh Premiership has signed players to strengthen, we've added two and the excuses on offer are lame in the extreme. Send in the clowns
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03/08/2007 21:27:00

Look I support MON, I think he is the right man for the job but Bob the Builder do you think MON is happy with the summer transfers we have done yes or no? If he isnt then Im not if he is we are in s**t. Koolbill the players should have been in learning our style of play, its no good buying a RB Friday & expecting him to understand our positional play etc on Sat against Liverpool. The buck stops with MON and the board they have let us down, I am disappointed and evey one else should be. avfc48 I have read your posts and I think you are very anti MON I am not but I am not happy with this summer and I wanted , was told, sorry by MON and the board the players would be here. Remember MON used the excuse last season that he didnt have the players or the time to workwith them!
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03/08/2007 21:58:00

Here is a first - I agree with AVFC48. MON has mismanaged the window whatever happens now. This is poor preperation for the season - whatever happens in the next 4 weeks. Has Sir Alex followed a similar route? No. There is no coherant strategy here. I was prepared to believe there was. There isn't. No-one at the club seems to understand what is happening here. Hence the CEO saying the wrong things and the wrong marketing messages being sent out. I still think Lerner has the right intentions - not sure MON can deliver them in the way envisaged. Some joined up thinking would have been good.
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03/08/2007 22:53:00

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03/08/2007 23:06:00

Totally agree with Bob the builder and the first line little77 has to say but to me its obvious MON aint 100% happy as he stated 'In an ideal world I would have liked to have had a couple of other players in but between now and transfer deadline, we will have them in. I am absolutely sure.' … It aint an ideal world, an ideal world would be villa starting the season in europe finishing last season in the top 5 and having the top flight players banging the door wanting a place in the squad. I read the comments on this site and wonder what the whingers and now non believers were thinking at the end of 2005/06 the last game of the season against sunderland, they were relegated lost the match and still out sang the Holte! Why? Because we had just missed out on being relegated and all villains could see for the future was a struggle to stay up during 06/07 with a crap manager and with a chairman struggling in the premiership out of his depth. We now have a good manager a supportive chairman. If MON fails to attract the quality players some our fickle contributors to this site believe should be now training at Bodymoor Heath would it be down to lack of trying? Or possibly could it be that we ain’t earn’t our stripes yet? A 5 year plan was welcomed by the masses I look forward to the next 4 years. Oh and by the way has the blue nose AVFC48 reserved his seat in small heath for next season. Cant get stressed over the transfer season we will have a few more players and looking at the squad, you know I think we might just do OK next year UTV
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03/08/2007 23:15:00

AVFC48 - are u saying MON is a clown?? If so what do you base this statement on? Your biggest problem is your reluctance to see the big picture. You should read what MON has said very carefully. He has a responsibility to build this club for the future. The objective for this year is to compete for a euro spot. It may or may not happen but what is sure - he isn't going to waste money on panic buys. The club is too important for that. AVFC48 - stop your snide remarks and support the club for a change!!
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03/08/2007 23:27:00

I wonder if AVFC48 is really a bluenose
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03/08/2007 23:38:00

Don't wonder Christo he has to be cuz where else would you here such dumb ass comments outside of small heath
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03/08/2007 23:42:00

Good point. Is he online now or is it at the strip club where Karen Brady is performing now
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03/08/2007 23:49:00

Nah at the dogs as It is believed that Birmingham City will get the go ahead on a new 50,000 capacity stadium. The stadium will host local dog racing nights on Wednesdays. AVFC will be sniffing out which trap shes in
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04/08/2007 00:01:00

lol not nice
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04/08/2007 00:12:00

I know old joke but so is avfc48, would be nice to read something positive from him on any topic relating to the villa
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04/08/2007 07:36:00

If he dont say anything positive in 24 hours he should be banned
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04/08/2007 08:37:00

I`m guessing avfc48 is referring to the propaganda/PR exercise that seems to be constantly in force at VP,i am personally sick of all the talk from every dept(board/manager/fans/media) ffs why can we not buy players yet we find it very f`in easy to sell them! All the ultra-positive dudes can you please explain the plan.
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04/08/2007 08:56:00

Well lets not through in the towel yet lads. Hopefully new faces will be arriving over the course of the next few days. We're not far off having a decent young squad, but we definitely aint there yet.
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04/08/2007 20:52:00

You have to question though, whether the cash that has been reported as being available to MON, actually is? Maybe he hasn't got as much to spend as we originally were lead to believe?
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08/08/2007 20:57:00


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