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Mark Delaney Forced To Retire

Mark Delaney Forced To Retire

Shocking news. Wales and Villa right-back Mark Delaney has been forced to retire due to his knee injury.

I'm gutted for him, Villa were always a far superior team when he was involved, he led by example on the pitch and never failed to make the tackles when required, which his what led to his injuries, he never asked for or gave any quarter.

The 31-year-old said to the official site:

'This is a very sad day for me and this is not a decision I have taken lightly. But, having taken everything into consideration, I feel this is the right decision for myself and my family.'

Martin O'Neill also had to retire earlier and explained: 'It comes as a big shock to the system. All you've known for the previous ten years is just coming into train and trying to prepare for a Saturday playing the game you love. When that's no longer there for you, it's exceptionally difficult to take, because it is your livelihood.'

On Delaney he said: 'Mark has tried absolutely everything. He's put everything into getting back. He's been dedicated, coming in here every single day. Everything he's been asked to do, he's done. He's gone to the very best people and he's tried everything. '

Delaney had seen the same surgeon, Dr Richard Steadman, in America who fixed Martin Laursen's injured knee but to no avail.

Hopefully he'll be able to come to Villa Park to say his goodbyes to the Villa faithful. Delaney wants to stay in football and will pursue coaching options. Good luck in the future Mark.

Writer:J P Fear
Date:Wednesday August 15 2007
Time: 10:05AM

Comments

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Thanks to Mark for his tremendous service to the club. Retirement not unexpected, but still sad. A Mark Delaney of old is just the player we need now. Always rated him very highly. All the best to him in the future.
krfeskivilla
15/08/2007 10:24:00
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Gutted
Villan444
15/08/2007 10:27:00
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Sad day for Mark and the club. Good luck to him in whatever he does in the future.
jonah
15/08/2007 10:42:00
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Good luck Mark and thanks for eveything
nottinghamvillain
15/08/2007 10:50:00
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Maybe he would make a good manager? He could be the next Chris Coleman he's Welsh and retuired early! Best of luck to him anyway. He made some crunching tackles at times and was always solid.
son_of_cher
15/08/2007 11:14:00
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Totally gutted, All the best for the future
fireblade
15/08/2007 11:33:00
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Feel so bad for the bloke, as has been said he picked up most of his injuries by giving his all for the Villa cause and throwing himself into challenges that others wouldn't dare! We will miss him, but more importantly he will miss the game and I feel so bad for him.
DeanoVilla
15/08/2007 11:49:00
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A quiet achiever. Top man. Solid player. All the best MD, we missed you on Saturday, and will continue to miss you in the future. All the best mate.
YatesyVillain
15/08/2007 12:21:00
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Great RB and I thought even better Centre Half. He made some amazing appearances covering in the centre of defence.
KSarge1
15/08/2007 13:42:00
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Feel pretty bad for him, every week or so we would get an update on his progress and recent news had me thinking he may not be far off a return. But a decision for the best, good luck to him. If hes anythin like Keano or our own MON, retirement due to injury could lead to a knack for management. Would love to see him remain involved with Villa in some way or another in the back or in management. Hope all goes well for him either way
AussieVilla
15/08/2007 14:06:00
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