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Claret & Blue & Totally Confused

Villa boss Martin O'Neill has confused me. Ok, it isn't difficult to confuse me I admit but he has repeatedly said that there is no cap on spending and that Randy Lerner will back him in the transfer market. Ok, that bit I am clear on and know for myself anyway, the club have money and are willing to spend. Fine, all well and good.

Next up he says we have a 'nucleus of a good side'. Ok, I'm clear on that, I agree we have some good players and some bright young prospects and have brought in one very good addition in Nigel Reo-Coker. The other one I'll reserve judgement!! So far, so good.

Next up he says he is still looking to strengthen, fine, we've heard it all summer but ok, he is wanting who he wants and hopefully we'll get them before the window closes at the very least.

All clear so far.

Now this bit confuses the hell out of me.

'Ideally I would like to go back to the size of squad that we had at the end of last season. We've lost six or seven players and only improved it by two so far.'

Notice the problem? We've let players leave a squad that Martin O'Neill (and David O'Leary before him) rightly said was too small. Now if it was too small last season, why would it not be too small this season if we match the numbers in the squad?

I understand we'll have hopefully improved the quality of the squad although Marlon Harewood - no disrespect - isn't the best example of that. Surely you would buy in quality before off-loading the players you don't want though? We all know injuries dig deep in football and then we have the same situation we had last season with not enough cover. Both Stuart Taylor and Thomas Sorensen got injured last season meaning we had to loan a keeper, before the season has already started we Sorensen is again injured so not a great start there? Then we have no recognised right back, let alone back up?

Confused? I am. I know to question amongst some is seen as sacrilege and don't get me wrong, the last thing I want is a manager merry-go-round, but you do have to laugh, all the years we've had managers saying there is no money and they need players, now we have money and a manager unwilling or unable to act decisively in the transfer market.

Never an easy thing being a Villa fan is it? Looks like it isn't that easy being the Villa boss either. I noticed an article title on Villa Talk that said Aston Villa - UnPrepared. Hmmm.

Fasten your seat belts, it could be a bumpy ride.

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Writer:J P Fear
Date:Wednesday August 8 2007
Time: 12:11PM


Being confused is all part and parcel of being a Villan. When aren't we?
10/08/2007 17:24:00
will front page now BelfastVillain.
The Fear
09/08/2007 17:44:00
No Christo its not. As Sven explained he has a great respect for English players, but no time for the ridiculous amounts of money being asked to part with them. Which I might suggest blows in the face of a manager whose policy is to buy British, read Celtic, and whose knowledge of overseas players is very limited, not having Sven's modern day worldwide contacts
09/08/2007 16:50:00
Sven couldn't really be bothered I mean he got all his players after watching some videos or DVDS and aint it funny that a former England manager aint signed any English players
09/08/2007 07:58:00
Smithy - Sven stated he was managing Utd in a press conference so maybe players think they`ve signed for them? Plus,apart from M.Petrov and Bresciano could we say we know anything about any of them,if they were worth that money seems strange no-one else was arsed?
09/08/2007 07:04:00
Isn't it obvious? Quality players are out there if you have the money.... and Villa apparently have. Take us (MCFC). Frank comes in and Sven splashes out. Six new players and some real prospects. £25 million+ spent with another £25 million to spend this year. All looks good for a top 8 place. I am willing to bet there won't be much between Villa and City (we have started from a lower base). The problem is either a) O'Neill doesnt have the clout that Sven has in attracting talent or b) Who are Aston Villa? I'd go for option a) but option b) could be relevent?
Aston Smithy
09/08/2007 06:31:00
The Roller Coaster starts on Saturday, lets hope we all manage to stay on the ride as the season could be a long ride with more hoops than a tin of Spagetti.
09/08/2007 00:30:00
alec that is one big post. paragraphs may have helped. retarded people like me find it difficult! but anyway, i think i have heard the same sentence written on this site more times than i have ever seen any sentence rewritten on anything, anywhere, at any point in time. and the sentence is...(for £5):
08/08/2007 23:11:00
reminds me of VOTH where has he gone?? havent heard of him in ages.
Belfast Villain
08/08/2007 22:16:00
longest post i have ever seen on vital and one of the best i have seen also from fear should put this on our home page i reckon as the time has come,outstanding one can put it any better than that. get your finger out MON please now FFS!!!!!
Belfast Villain
08/08/2007 22:14:00
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