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O'Neill Committed To Villa

Martin O'Neill has rounded angrily on the press who suggested his quote, 'Let's take things one step at a time' meant he was interested in taking the England job.

To be fair, that is how the quote looked!

But now he has made it clear his commitment is with Villa.

'It is absolute nonsense. I do not even remember saying it, to be perfectly honest. I said something some time ago to the tune that England would qualify and was asked something on the back of that that was completely and utterly hypothetical. It is utterly pointless to talk about it. I am committed to Aston Villa. I cannot end speculation. I have had it for years and years and years, no matter what you say.'

Adding, 'I have a big commitment to Aston Villa. It is as simple as that.'

And on the speculation in the press that he went to New York to meet up with Randy Lerner to talk over a move to England he said what General Charles Krulak told us all last week in the forum, 'It was on Aston Villa business, and Aston Villa business alone. It's absolute nonsense for someone to suggest otherwise. It is complete and utter paper-talk.'

Right, so reading between the lines....... !!!!!!!!!!!!

There you go, MON is the Villa boss and not looking to move elsewhere. Now lets see what he can build here, hopefully with a kick start in January with some decisive transfer action.

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Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday November 21 2007

Time: 12:22PM

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He is committed to villa, but that doesn't mean if he was offered the England job that he wouldn't take it... and if he wanted it, like any other previous manager, he'd be crazy not to attempt it. I say another go for big phil.
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21/11/2007 12:26:00

Site admin, could you contact our Celtic friends to see if this is what O'Neill used to do there, especially around the time he was negotiating with their board, please. It was around the time he signed that agreement with Leeds. I'm sure McClaren now looks to be keeping his job in the short term no matter what the result tonight, unless of course as some predicted a better candidate has arrived
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21/11/2007 12:28:00

Im not entirley convinced,he was talking "hypothetically".
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21/11/2007 12:32:00

Give it a rest boys. He's not going anywhere.
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21/11/2007 12:41:00

Damned if he does damned if he doesn't springs to mind.
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21/11/2007 12:44:00

O'Neill's Claret n Blue army!!! MON is staying put!
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21/11/2007 12:53:00

The futures bright - the foundation and future is Martin O'Neil
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21/11/2007 13:11:00

Yet still the speculation will continue. Its almost as boring now as is the Shaun Maloney wants out saga.
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21/11/2007 13:25:00

He's not sure what he said but he was responding to a hypothetical question,I wonder if that hypothetical question was along the lines of ''Should you be offered the England job''.I wouldn't be getting too excited yet.
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21/11/2007 13:31:00

Who would want the England job? expectation of England far outways any other job in football and i can't see MON wanting it.
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21/11/2007 13:46:00

Do you not realize how the British press work yet???? They drag up a quote from an entirely different story about an entirely different subject then insert it into the "story of choice." It's pathetic. What is almost as equally disturbing is that so many people BELIEVE this absolute *********! Living abroad for the past few years has allowed me to see the British press and media from an outside perspective - they are embarrassing and destructive.
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21/11/2007 14:06:00

Blimey last week people were clamouring for the man to comment one way or the other, and he does saying he is committed to AVFC (whether you choose to believe him is your perogative). what will be will be, but until further notice he is manager of Aston Villa Football Club and whilst that remains the case will recieve my support, even if certain decisions remain baffling to me.
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21/11/2007 14:19:00

Agreed fatso, good news that he has said something against the rubbish in the papers over the last week along with Randy but my cynical side is wondering if he would have done if Russia had beaten Israel. But for now he gets my 100% support. UTV
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21/11/2007 14:41:00

Good news although why he couldn't have made his position clearer earlier than now is beyond me.
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21/11/2007 16:21:00

I still believe MON if he had the chance to manage England would leave and that all this talk in the papers could well be true but my one hope is that the FA (note I am not english and so have nothing to gain by slaging the fa) is so fickle they would offer it to a big name foreign manager.
Tallaght Villan
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21/11/2007 17:24:00

Why would he want to leave the Mighty Aston Villa? End of.
Adam Deuce
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21/11/2007 18:03:00

"Site admin, could you contact our Celtic friends to see if this is what O'Neill used to do there, especially around the time he was negotiating with their board, please." Welcome back avfc. You've been very quiet lately. What exactly do you mean - "if this is what O'Neill used to do there"? Can you elaborate on that comment so that everyone knows precisely what you mean before responding, so that you can't accuse us of misunderstanding.
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21/11/2007 19:02:00

Thanks Carson you have just made sure that MON will leave villa
Tallaght Villan
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21/11/2007 20:38:00

May I be the first to suggest Chris Hutchings as our next manager.
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21/11/2007 21:36:00

Surely England can come up with someone with a better CV than MON...??Carson & Barry were woeful tonight..........
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21/11/2007 22:11:00

Stuart Pearce anyone?
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21/11/2007 23:46:00

Bookies Favourite to take over the England job, will MON be too straight talking for the suits at the FA? I hope so.
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21/11/2007 23:51:00

“It is one of the great jobs in football. Had it been offered, then I would have been absolutely foolish to turn it down.” MoN quote from last year.
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21/11/2007 23:52:00

Thats for the England job not the Villa!
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21/11/2007 23:54:00

I know
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21/11/2007 23:55:00

Oh *****
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22/11/2007 06:47:00

I wouldnt worry Lads,there is NO chance of MON being the next England boss.Capello or Jose will get the job.
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22/11/2007 07:10:00

Sol Campbell should never play again. He was a fairy.
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22/11/2007 08:59:00

Chalky, Carson should not have made his debut in such an important match and Barry is not a holding midfielder. The blame for those performances rests on the managers shoulders.
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22/11/2007 10:09:00

Would the FA headhunt or only interview applicants,or both?
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22/11/2007 10:15:00

chalky, Jose would never take the job. it's cursed.
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22/11/2007 15:13:00

This is a story that will keep coming to the fore, until a new England manager is appointed. We'd better get used to it.
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23/11/2007 18:52:00


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