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O'Neill Paints A Confused Picture?

O'Neill Paints A Confused Picture?

Martin O'Neill has spoken about Villa owner Randy Lerner and says that the performance and atmosphere at the Chelsea game was what he deserves for his investment in Villa.

The Villa boss told the official site:

'Games like Sunday - that's what Randy Lerner got into Premier League football for. That's the type of excitement that people yearn for. The place was rocking, it really was fantastic. I think he is of such a mind that a game like Sunday's stands out. That's what you would like to be the norm, but he's realistic enough to know it might not always be like that.'

He also says that Randy is experienced enough in sport due to his ownership of NFL club the Cleveland Browns to realise that to start to really compete will take time.

'....he's genuinely in this for the medium to long term. Of course I'm the eternal pragmatist when it comes to these things - you don't get that sort of time. But he has never expected instant results. I remember him saying in January/February that if we finished higher than we did the previous year that we'd say that was progress.'

Somewhat confusingly he adds, 'We by comparison to smaller clubs are trying to invest and that's great, but by comparison to the big boys, we're still well behind. But the fun of it is still trying to compete with those people when the level of investment isn't anywhere near what they've put in - not that he's ever said it, but there has to be a bit of sense to all of this. I would dread to think what the wage bills of some of the big clubs and some clubs not in the top four. I think we've got a real sensible structure here. Some of the players at this football club undoubtedly could earn more elsewhere - even in this day and age.'

Finishing, 'This is what I want - a group of young hungry players. I want a period of three or four years where the players grow together and feel this is all worthwhile. Nothing lasts forever, but this is the idea.'

That kind of suggests he doesn't think the big money backing is there doesn't it? You have to be careful with some of O'Neill's quotes because when he goes off on one he can cloud the issue rather than cast light on things...! My understanding is the money is there ready to invest and it is the manager and his team who highlight the players he wants to bring to the club. Still, I like the idea of young and hungry players, as opposed to those more interested in the bling and off field antics.

Oh, just to clarify, I'm not trying to stir anything up here, I'm genuinely confused at the latest statement from the manager as it totally flies in the face of what I think is happening at Villa.

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Writer:J P Fear
Date:Sunday September 9 2007
Time: 2:29PM


ha, I do like this picture!
The Fear
09/09/2007 14:31:00
Agreed, Fear, it's all a bit odd. I personally think that a lot of what MON says on the official site is ghost-written for him - he gets passed the quotes and asked to either approve them or send them back for changes as there doesn't seem to be much of a common thread through what he says.
09/09/2007 14:36:00
40 mil in 12 months is a fairly acceptable level of investment for me I think he's comparing us to the likes of Chelsea.
09/09/2007 14:41:00
i wouldn't read too much into that
09/09/2007 14:47:00
i like him and his idea, young hungry team.....keep the faith
09/09/2007 14:53:00
i wouldn't worry too much... however, I have mentioned this before but in one of MON's many reassurance-statements about the transfer window he mentioned getting rid of a few players in order to bring in a few others. Why would we be doing this if we had Randys millions?
09/09/2007 15:40:00
got the faith, never lost it, still don't understand some of his quotes and they fly in the face of what the club say!
The Fear
09/09/2007 16:09:00
What confusion FFS! He stating that we aren't gonna spend 50m a season like the others. Jesus. Calm down.
09/09/2007 16:10:00
I'm with koolbill on this, All he is saying is that we can invest more than the small clubs in the prem but that we can't compete with the big 4 and are not willing to risk the way Newcastle do (and Leeds did) as without a strong squad in place and good chance of success it's basically a waste of money. I totally agree with this philosophy as long as we can see that the big money signings will be made when it's apropriate. Heck we now have Petrov, Reo-Coker and Young all at potentially over £8 million. Regardless of what you say about these individuals it does prove that Randy is willing to put his money where his mouth is when MON wants him to. How many other prem teams (outside the top 4) have 3 players bought for that kind of money? Not many!!!
Villain Of The North
09/09/2007 17:32:00
Dont understand what the fuss is all about. O'Neill is repeating what the club has been saying all along.
09/09/2007 17:53:00
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