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Villa To Fly The Union Jack!?

Martin O'Neill looks set to try to emulate the 'buy British' management style employed by former Villa boss John Gregory (now of Queens Park Rangers)

MON said, 'I think we have a good sound base of homegrown players and something I would certainly like to add to in the future. That is not to say I have not been looking abroad to strengthen my squad.'

Adding 'Sometimes I look around the Villa dressing room and see a talented bunch of players. They hang out together and they know each other. I cannot say it is an overriding thought in my head that we could be nurturing the future of England football at Villa but it would be great if they could make the club a big power and to make themselves even better players would be fantastic.'

Must admit, although it would be nice to have a British team flying the flag, I'd rather see the Villa team winning the league, regardless of nationality!!!

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Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday August 17 2007

Time: 4:11PM

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I agree with your view JF. Reading between the lines it would seem therefore that Bosingwa is now off the radar, what a pity, he has a lot of flair.
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17/08/2007 16:19:00

Nah it doesnt mean we wont be getting him in, he also says in the same article that the gap in quality on these shores is sometimes to great to buyt from here
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17/08/2007 16:27:00

Buying British means spending cash (& inflated prices) - something MO'N hasn't come to terms with (just yet)!
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17/08/2007 16:39:00

Buying ANYTHING will be a miracle!
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17/08/2007 16:43:00

I agree leelindsay, buying itself appears to be a lost art at the moment.
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17/08/2007 17:55:00

We need some foreign flair to rub off on our homegrown workmanlike brits.
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17/08/2007 18:35:00

At least we haven't got a chinese ladyboy in charge (Blouse) Expect Wing, Wong, Ching, Chong, Cheng, Ting and Tong and others to descend in the coming months and years. The man looks a joke.
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17/08/2007 18:40:00

yeah buy wait just buying someone would be a start
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17/08/2007 18:44:00

Admirable thoughts from MON, but right now I'd settle for a Smethwick Egyptian if he was a capable right full back.
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17/08/2007 19:18:00

look to the current poll... Hoyte has 24% so far... he's english... i think we should get both him and Bosingwa in... then Hoyte can start to pick up the foreign flair and there's another future England International in the Villa ranks :D I like the idea of buying british, villa have always had a high percentage of english people in the ranks!
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17/08/2007 20:56:00

MON hasn't got a buy british policy - he's got a sell and don't buy policy
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17/08/2007 21:41:00

The British players are totally overpriced, 10m for Curtis Davies is a joke. Get your thumb out Martin and look a bit further then West Ham for some new players!
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17/08/2007 22:51:00

He wants to buy British yet won`t pay inflated prices ? The plan sort of contradicts itself,totally clueless and why is he arsed about only buying British,it`s just lazy management and it just isn`t important - you buy QUALITY.
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18/08/2007 06:42:00

Rule Britania, Britania Rule the world.
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18/08/2007 09:26:00

Buying British can only get you so far nowadays, the full England squad would get torn apart by the top 4 teams. Doesnt make snese to me? 60% British 40% Foreign is a good ratio to have in the squad.
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18/08/2007 09:43:00

Carew, Melberg, Petrov, Berger, Sorenson (for now), Bouma, Laursen? Don't think his comments can be taken literally - he has never just bought British in the past. He has also sold mainly British this Summer!
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18/08/2007 10:41:00

I though Bouma was shocking last week, and he even had the cheek to moan and swear when he was substituted. That made me laugh quite loud - he was not a happy man at all. I thought for a minute he was going to attack MON. Anyone else see this?
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18/08/2007 11:13:00

KSarge - he was proper peeved eh? good to see that fighting spirit though, rather that than a Ghaly show your shirt situation like Spuds. p.s. there's two 'n's in Britannia. LOL. We want Hoyte, we want Hoyte, we want Hoyte.....
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18/08/2007 11:21:00

JP, when are you placing pictures above, the shadowy collarge is okay but I'd rather see our heroes.
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18/08/2007 11:22:00

think we are going to stick with the banners as they are for now koolbill. The images we buy are meant to be used mainly for editorial, cropping them for banners has caused us all sorts of problems across the network when some clubs get in contact and moan about certain images being used - some even threaten legal action. Also, the banners go out of date quickly as players/managers leave. Might review it in six months but for now the images will just be the editorial ones in articles.
The Fear
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18/08/2007 11:31:00

I do actually like to see a player like this, its a good sign. I think the disapointment in himself was mostly upsetting to him. Usually shows a very competative character - I really like Bouma and believe that he could become a real great at Villa. After saying that though we will probably sell him.
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18/08/2007 11:38:00

Petrov has been stated in the Mirror of saying this season his appearances will improve as he has settled (old news). I say the only way is up, I dont think it could get much worse. After all is said and done Petrov in form could make the difference this season I am tipping him to be AWSOME today against Newcastle, kick on and get the August player of the month award. It really has been a long summer, the weather has made up for it though.....
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18/08/2007 11:45:00

Cheers JP. Anyone see Setanta coverage of the Liverpool Villa game - two ex-liverpool players providing the analysis - emphasis on the anal!! Even the commentator was biased!! Thank god MOTD was the true flag of honesty. I like Pertovs interview but can't help thinking his heart is somewhere else, he just doesn't concentrate when he has the ball, so many times he was tackled by another MF behind him. So frustrating. What's Bulgarian for 'man on'?
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18/08/2007 11:59:00

Bulgarian for man on - runthe****awayov
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18/08/2007 12:07:00

Watching James Milner play today, he's one homegrown talent I really wish we'd have been able to sign. He's looking quite a player.
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19/08/2007 00:33:00

Bring in any quality players, the only language they have to speak is FOOTBALL
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19/08/2007 01:22:00

It would be nice to just see him 'buy' whether it be British, Portuguese or Outer Mongolian!
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19/08/2007 14:08:00

Rule Britania, Britania Rule the world. If only we did KSarge1, if only.
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21/08/2007 01:10:00


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