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O'Neill For England?

Martin O'Neill has complemented the Villa faithful saying 'Our fans have shown great desire this season'

'They are coming out in big, big numbers at home to support. The away contingent is always fantastic. Last season in particular was splendid. We want to give our supporters something to cheer about this season. Unfortunately, it hasn't always been the case. The first half of the Bolton game is still fresh in my memory from that point of view, and on a lesser scale the first half against Derby.'

He also says that the claret and blue army realise there is 'potential for something exciting to happen here' and feels we are moving in the 'right direction'.

All very positive and then you read in the paper that Martin O'Neill is jetting off to meet with Randy Lerner due to the international break. All makes sense until you realise the suggestion is he might be talking to Randy about the possible vacant England job. The General said in his forum thread: 'The week off will give MON and Randy some time together....which is always good. They get along very well which is good for Villa.' Doesn't sound quite like a manager looking for an exit does it?

One thing does look sure, unless Israel pull off a miracle against Russia on Saturday, is that the FA will soon be looking for a new manager, lets hope that saga doesn't rumble on and lets hope that our boss is clear with his intentions once the job is vacant. A quick 'no thank you' will suffice I'm sure! Surely he'd be mad to take the poison chalice of the England job when he already has a major challenge in turning our fortunes around.

I know the press and other fans will clamour for him but if I was him I'd not touch it with a barge pole, or any other type of pole for that matter. Oh and for the politically correct, I'm not saying I'm anti pole, although sticks are another matter, bloody hate em.

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Writer:J P Fear
Date:Thursday November 15 2007
Time: 3:09PM


Get ready for a long period of uncertainty. If Mon does not rule the job out, the possibility of change will linger for a long time. If Mclaren goes it is highly likely that the FA will take some time to fill the job - possibly not until the Summer as there are few matches to make them hurry. Likely there will be someone in a holding role - Vegetables perhaps? - for a while, and then the appointment of - who? So I reckon the uncertainty will only be removed if MON says no. The big question is - will he, would you?
15/11/2007 15:34:00
A worse thought of course is a straight swap - Mon for Mac the crap.
15/11/2007 15:35:00
I was gonna say I'd burn my season ticket if Mclaren came to the Villa but its easier said than done nowadays with the plastic cards! They've thought of everything! lol
15/11/2007 15:47:00
Not even in jest Gordonsleftboot!!! Yes you'd break health and safety rules as well deano! lol I would hope that MON will let his intentions known very quickly IF McClaren is sacked - and he surely must be if we don't qualify as it will cost English football millions. What makes me wonder is that for 2 years, MON wouldn't have a meaningful game, only when the WC qualifications start would there be any purpose, surely he'd not enjoy that?
The Fear
15/11/2007 15:56:00
Don't the qualifying games start Autumn 2008 - less than 12 months? May be wrong though.
15/11/2007 17:47:00
Give the England job to Steve Coppell NOW! Also he is English and well respected, he would not choose players of hype because he is a stronger and more intelegent person than mcPhukwit and he don't manage villa!
15/11/2007 18:14:00
If the unthinkable happens and Mon goes for the E job, Steve Coppell for Villa anyone?
15/11/2007 18:18:00
I personally think that the nation is stuck with McClaren until after World Cup 2010, or slightly earlier if we fail to qualify for that tournament too. I also dont think that MON would get the England job, even if he'd still be interested in it. If he is indeed stateside right now, he's probably got his wife and girls with him, enjoying a relaxing break, interspersed with business meetings with RL about January's transfer window and beyond.
15/11/2007 18:59:00
STOP THIS NONSENSE NOW! There is no vacancy, and who says MON wants it anyway? Paper talk which started with some misplaced quote from Randy who was being stitched up and fell for it. England may yet find an Israeli Gary Mc Kay!
15/11/2007 20:16:00
Coppell for England is a goood shout Morky. I like the guy. He stays out the limelight and seems to handle pressure well. He gets the most out of his players too. MON staying is the main factor
15/11/2007 20:23:00
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