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Villa Fans Backing For O'Neill

Villa Fans Backing For O'Neill

Vital Villa asked, in a poll suggested by Eltoro, What do you think of Martin O'Neill so far.

The question to be fair sparked a good old debate both in article comments (Click Here) and within our forum (Click Here)

Seems there is a fair amount of realism within the anwers. It was suggested that I added an option saying 'disappointed judging by the amount of money available' but unfortunately due to a technical hitch I couldn't add it!

42% have said that the Villa boss is doing a 'good' job. Certainly gives him something to build on given time.

25% said he is doing a 'very good' job and 4% went for the 'fantastic, couldn't ask for more' option.

13% had his work on the Villa so far as 'average' with a further 2% voting 'poor, don't think we've moved on at all'.

That left 14% wanting him replaced voting 'get him out, not the manager we thought'.

I'll repeat this poll after the transfer window and at the end of the season. Hopefully by the end of the following season we'll have 100% saying 'fantastic, couldn't ask for more' as whether we agree or disagree on, that is the one thing we all want surely? Success for the mighty claret and blue!

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

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Writer:J P Fear
Date:Thursday November 1 2007
Time: 12:16PM


Seems quite a rounded set of results to me!
The Fear
01/11/2007 12:22:00
that image does amuse me!
The Fear
01/11/2007 12:25:00
the simple fact remains, who else is there?
01/11/2007 12:32:00
I think people are missing the point, having a go at people on this site just because they've become unhappy with MON, all the people in favour of MON keep talking about this five year plan! which is all well and true, some people who I won't name, are even calling me and others, glory hunters! now tell me if I'm wrong, but being a Villa fan for 40 years most definatley dosn't make me or anyone else for that matter a GLORY HUNTER, it's also been claimed, WE KNOW NOTHING ABOUT FOOTBALL! what I do know is this, nearly a dozen games into the second year of the five year plan, we are playing poor football, that's not me being a glory hunter, thats me pointing out the facts, I'm also not impressed with MON's tactics, again, thats nothing to do with not knowing anything about football, its about watching the games and seeing it for myself! and 3rd, MON's purchases in the transfer market with the exception of Ashley young, have been poor, to be honest I don't see any improvment in the football we play now, than when other managers were in charge, this is not about whats going on behind the scenes, this is about whats happening on the pitch! I know you'll say wait for the players to come thru the system, but i can't see that making any difference, if the managers tactics are wrong and outdated it dosn't matter who's in your squad! look at Spurs great team of players, wrong tactics, wrong manager, it didn't work, look at England for god sake, Rooney, Gerrard, Barry, Owen, Terry, wrong manager, wrong tactics and even they play like amatuers, don't let the five year plan mask your judgement.
01/11/2007 12:46:00
Five year plan doesn't come into my judgement at all. I know enjoy going to Villa Park again, because we have a TEAM who play with passion and as a collective unit, IMO. Yes, there are shortcomings, and we lack class in certain areas, but at the moment I am prepared to be patient because I can see progress. I went to my first game at the start of the 1962-3 season, and have had a season ticket since 1968. I quite genuinely was prepared to knock the whole thing on the head because I was so bored with the lack of ambition and the way football was going in general. Since MON's arrival I have started ENJOYING going to VP again, and have started going to some away games as well, which I haven't for years. I am not fickle, I used to go to every home and away game when the club were in the 3rd Division. I just got downright bored, until MON and Randy came along, and I thank them for giving me back the passion in the club i love.
01/11/2007 13:28:00
If not MON then who? Perhaps we could have a poll to see whom the dissenters would pick to replace one of the best managers in the business? The team and the whole of the Villa set up was so far in the doldrums under Herbert that it will years to get it all out of the systems at Villa Park. I think Randy and MON are doing a good job. MON just needs to tighten up his work in the transfer market, that's all. Wait until the New Year and see the difference.
01/11/2007 13:57:00
Does make me smile that any Villa fan could be accused of being a glory hunter!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The Fear
01/11/2007 14:06:00
Not really sure what is expected? We are 10 games into the season and are on 15 points compared to 11 points last season from the exact same fixtures. Fans were generally happy with the progress made last season and we have improved significantly points wise since then. Our spend, after in/outs are taken into consideration, is average compared to other clubs. We are the 11th biggest supported club in the country based on Season Ticket sales. We are making progress. Some games have been poor, some may disagee with tactics, we would have liked a right back in place. But we are making progress. Other than Chelski on the back of russian gangster money, no club has made long term progress by constantly changing managers. We have done that over the years and everybody complained. Now we have an opportunity to make progress and people want to do what we have done for years, which is create instability. Let me let you in to a secret .... it doesn't work. We improved last season. We have improved this season. Why would anyone want to change the management of an average club, with average attendances, that is slowly but surely getting its act together? We are doing better than our support or expenditure deserve. It is no good saying we can't wait for a 'five year plan'. Anybody with any sense knows that if you don't plan then you plan to fail. Just making decisions as you go along is what Villa have done for years ..... and look where it got us. We all knew in the first few years of the new regime there would be ups and downs. Accept it. This season we have beaten Chelski, Everton, Fulham at home. All clubs we failed to beat last season. We have picked up points at Newcastle and Spuds where we were beaten last season. These are ups. Losing to Leicester, ManCiteh, Manure and Murderpool were downs. Last season we drew too many games, this season we have won more than we have drawn or lost. Along with every club in the league I wish we played footy like the Arse. But I am a realist. We are moving forwards and I believe any change now will set us back years. If we were struggling in the lower reaches of the league than I would agree that plans would have to be revised. But we are not. So sit back and lets see where M'ON takes us. At the moment it is forwards. At the moment the fortunes of the club mirror the attitude of the fans. Some times we're good, sometimes we are crap. But we are moving forwards. Time to look at things again is when we start moving backwards.
01/11/2007 14:15:00
I don't expect us to play like Arsenal, if you can, watch sundays match again, forget its Villa and just watch how we played, constant passing back then hoof it up field, i've watched it twice, it's very poor believe me
01/11/2007 14:25:00
Hear hear VOTH.....good to hear a voice of reason at last. Agree with every word!
01/11/2007 14:31:00
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