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O'Neill Pledges Player Arrivals

O'Neill Pledges Player Arrivals

Martin O'Neill has told the Birmingham Mail, in an article by Bill Howell, that he simply refused to be held to 'ransom' but says there is no desperation because, and I quote:

'We will have the players in by the end of the month. It's as simple as that.'

I know we've got fed up with the promises but that certainly looks like confidence and I guess, now we've waited this long, we may just as well hope and pray that at least 2-3 join us before August 31st, then we COULD push for Europe, although I'd still like to see a 20 goal a season striker in, I don't think any of ours will be able weigh in that heavily with goals - lets hope they prove that theory wrong!

The Villa boss further explained: 'It's been that sort of summer, but ever since the TV money came in everybody was pretty aware that TV money equals higher prices. I've said before that there is no desperation from me.'

He also admits we need a few defenders, especially a 'recognised full-back'.

He also says if he can't get his first choices in he has a number of alternatives.

So there you have it, fingers crossed and all that jazz!

Writer:J P Fear
Date:Wednesday August 15 2007
Time: 12:41PM

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15/08/2007 12:48:00
I'd settle for him sending Petrov back to Celtic at the moment...
15/08/2007 12:50:00
Fills me with fear that statement. Basically saying, I will try for about another 2 weeks to get the players I want and if all else fails I'll fill the squad with more Harewoods!
15/08/2007 12:56:00
Yeah, whatever mate.
15/08/2007 13:10:00
Left it right to the last moment again. The Celtic fans who said he was like this, have been proven to be so right. Poor managment of the transfer window. If you were a player would you want to join a team with no points at the end of August because that is the position we are going to find ourselves in. What a joke, the man can motivate but he can't handle the window.
15/08/2007 13:13:00
Spend the money MON. Lerner has given you a significant budget and that has been publicised so prices are obviously going to be inflated. We should be buying the players you want not the damn alternatives.
Hoss The Villain
15/08/2007 13:14:00
Deano that tells me something far worse than that, Harewood WAS a first choice option, imagine what the backup to him is....
15/08/2007 13:18:00
And to make matters worse it seem we now have two want away goalkeepers if various reports are to be believed. The team is not strong enough and, if things stay as they are, then with a couple of injuries in the defence we will end up with no midfield. If as MON claims the right players are available then for goodness sake buy them, whatever the cost. Providing, that is, the money promised is available.
15/08/2007 13:22:00
Yeah, wish we'd bought like Spurs, then we would have spent £47m and still be sat at the bottom of the league.......Listen to Roy Keane, he has had players wives stopping them from ringing him back because there is no shopping or social hangouts in Sunderland, Birmingham isn't any better. This is why the transfer window has been s**te......if they don't want to come, they won't.....WAGs wear the trousers now I'm afraid...players will be hard to come by, you can't just spend £12m and make them come and play......its getting very frustrating......
15/08/2007 13:25:00
We will know the answer by 31 August about the skill of MON's transfer dealings. I am concerned, but I do find MON's comments reassuring. We MUST trust that he knows what he is doing. There are very few players who have been transfered to date who we could have realistically gone for that I was disappointed we didn't get. My arguement is that we shouldn't have sold Hughes, Davis or Ridgewell UNTIL we had replacements in. By the way, well done to Roy Keane on his excellent comments about London and WAGS
15/08/2007 13:31:00
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