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On No, O'Neill, You Didn't Say That?

Martin O'Neill has again whetted the appetite of the fans hinting that if we get the players he wants, he thinks Villa will be 'very competitive'. I hope he gets them, if not these comments have a habit of coming back to haunt managers!

He said: 'I think we'll be competitive. If we've got the players in I want by the end of August, I think we'll be very competitive. Numerically we're down on last season but in terms of the group of players contesting first team places, I think it's very good.'

Unless you look at competition for places in defence or goal I assume?

Adding on the official site: 'The players have got plenty of confidence and I'm hoping confidence remains a long-standing quality through the season, regardless of what happens in the next couple of games.'

Regardless of what happens in the next few games?

'We could get turned over by Liverpool very easily, but the overall depth of the squad will be the most important issue and that's what we're addressing at the minute. The better quality of player that comes to the club, the better it is for everyone.'

I'm really sorry but that is outrageous, how does that instil self belief and confidence in our players? Martin Laursen made a rallying cry the other day saying we need to start beating the top four teams, that sentence above looks more like a white flag. Sometimes it is better to say nothing surely? I hope he hasn't been taking lessons from David O'Leary's book of motivation and pr.

He continues: 'I'm very hopeful we can sign some of the players who are still my first choice and I'm still very hopeful we can have a competitive squad. We've got a couple of weeks to sign those players.'

Explaining: 'In an ideal world, it would have been great to have all the new signings in the week before we went to America. But I'm afraid even the very best sides are still chasing players at this minute. The problem is a lot of teams are after what we consider the best available and everyone seems to be chasing the same players.'

Oh well, we'll see what the season brings, still looking forward to it as I always do, but not with the excitement I expected to feel with a squad full of new blood ready to do battle.

Writer:J P Fear
Date:Thursday August 9 2007
Time: 5:27PM


What are we spost to think if he dont get these players
09/08/2007 17:35:00
at a loss over those comments, I thought he was a great man manager, is this reverse psycology or something?! DOL was slated for saying the very same sort of thing.
The Fear
09/08/2007 17:37:00
MON is fast losing his massive support. He better star pulling a couple of rabbits out of hats, if he wants to win us back.
09/08/2007 17:45:00
I'm losing faith, we've been had again. We've got chequebook O'Leary as chairman and penny pinching Ellis as manager! Or so it seems! Haggling over fees lost us Robbie Keane among others and it's probably lost us a few players this summer...
09/08/2007 17:50:00
All you morons will be chanting '' O' Neill out'' soon. You should be ashamed. DeanoVilla how can you say the O' Neill needs to win you back? the seasons not even started!
09/08/2007 17:52:00
I don't think it is a moronic thing to question what is going on Dannygav. I agree we've not kicked a ball in anger yet and we need this season to see what MON can do, but there are those that think he is above criticism (him not included I might add) and football has always been about opinions. The internet is just a big pub table where we all sit around and argue! It would be a disaster to sack a manager now and there is no chance that will happen, but he should have been more organised this season and should be coming out with fighting talk now, not that we could easily get turned over!
The Fear
09/08/2007 18:00:00
Isn't this stating the obvoius ? - you know wigan could say "if we get the players we want we could be competetive'" - but it is our inability to get players which is proving the stumbling block. If we had better players we would be a better team - but we don't some 10 weeks have passed since the end of last season, only 1 player of note joing - are we really to expect 4 or 5 in 3 weeks - when clubs releasing players will have less time to sin replacements
09/08/2007 18:13:00
i reckon those comments are a bit out of context. imagine the man speaking those words. emphasis on 'could' get turned over. in that sense, we 'could' get turned over by small heath, but it just won't happen.
09/08/2007 18:14:00
This is just *********. I'm sorry but get your fkn act together Villa. A FKN SUNDERLAND FAN LAUGHED AT ME TODAY. YOU'RE NOT FKN FUNNY VILLA. SORT IT OUT.
09/08/2007 18:19:00
He can get us the points but he just cant seem to sign the players
09/08/2007 18:34:00
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