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Villa Boss Won't Take England Job?

According to a report in The Mirror by Oliver Holt (their chief sports writer) Villa boss Martin O'Neill will follow a few others and rule himself totally out of contention for the England job.

O'Neill is favourite with some bookies and after Jose Mourinho apparently ruled himself out, that could well leave the job wide open for MON. The report claims that Brian Barwick (what on earth is the FA doing with non footballing people choosing the England manager, what about the ex players and managers who know about the game being involved?) has MON on his list, well he can scrub it back off again!

MON said last week before Steve McClaren was sacked '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.'

Arsenal's Arsene Wenger and Newcastle's Sam Allardyce have both categorically ruled themselves out. Hopefully today Martin O'Neill will do the same to stop this press whirlwind.

Another report, this time in The Independent by Sam Wallace and Jason Burt, says that Brian Barwick has already sounded out MON, something I find very hard to believe. They say It is also understood that discreet approaches have been made to O'Neill, 55, about how well disposed he feels towards the job even before Saturday's shock victory for Israel over Russia that gave England a brief reprieve. Adding that money won't be a problem for the FA as they'd have to pay compensation but What will be a far greater issue is to persuade O'Neill to accept the post and, according to a source close to the Villa manager last night, the FA will have to work hard to get him to take over.

Lets face it, why would MON take the England job? He has a great chairman at Villa (his words), has massive support amongst the majority of fans and has a colosal challenge to take Villa to where they want to be. If he took the England job now what would he do for the next few years whilst waiting for the World Cup qualifying games? Would he really be happy to just play a few friendlies? Then you have the players who habitually let down the England managers and the press who always hound the England boss. I would also think it would be difficult as an Irishman, to lead out the England team - on that I may be wrong?

Randy Lerner has said that he wouldn't stand in the managers way if he wanted the job BUT also added this week, (Randy - MON Is Best Manager Around) , 'He is special. We have the best manager around, I do believe that. But as Martin settles into this over the years, I think he can accomplish anything he wants to here. And, my God, I do mean 'here'. I don't think the Martin O'Neill's of the world are ever available. Ever. Somehow the fates have to conspire. The worst thing in the world would be to set out and try to get a Martin O'Neill, because you would never get him.'

Former Real Madrid coach Fabio Capello has thrown his hat in the ring and other reports quote Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez who said 'Maybe I could be Steve McClaren's replacement if I improve my English.' Adding, 'I was being serious. You never know what can happen in the future.'

Harry Redknapp has said: 'Anybody would love to manage their country but I don't see it coming my way. It's a great job for somebody. It's an opportunity to work with the best players in this country and for me still, despite what anyone might think, a group of some of the best players in the world.'

Steve Coppell has said: 'It's a non-issue, I have a contract here. I'm English so people link me. I've got a massive job at Reading, as far as I'm concerned, and I'm very happy with that.'

Paul Ince says that Glenn Hoddle should be re-appointed explaining on BBC Radio 5 Live: 'I wouldn't look any further than Hoddle. He did a very good job and he wasn't sacked for footballing reasons. The FA has got to forget about what happened years ago, they've got to be bold and brave. Hoddle is sharp, bright, meticulous and he's English, but whether the FA is prepared to go back is not my decision.' Hoddle was sacked for comments he made about his spiritual / religious beliefs and was totally misquoted by the press who claimed he thought disabled people were being punished for previous lives. He then got persecuted and hounded out the job despite that not being what his view was, his view along with billions of Buddhists, is you choose your path in life to make atonement for previous sins in the quest to reach enlightenment. There you go, talk of managers and now I've gone all Budda on you. Luckily my belly isn't quite at that level as yet.

Anyhow, would be great to see this speculation ended once and for all, it'll do no one, most of all Villa, any good if it rumbles on. I even took a call from a worried fan in Australia this morning, the git (he's a nice git!) got me out of bed to ask what the situation was!!!

Surely he is the Villa boss, he has only just started this massive overhaul and should stay and see it out? And surely he will?

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Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday November 23 2007

Time: 9:04AM

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Rumour is he'll end all speculation in the 12pm pre-boro press conference today. Tune into skysportsnews lads!
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23/11/2007 09:09:00

The England jobs needs someone who is mentally strong and doesn't care if he upsets the pampered ponces that are the England players!! MON fils that criteria perfectly, off course we wouldn't, on the whole want him to leave Villa. However! If it was arranged that he stayed until the seasons end would that more more acceptable? Then this would enable the board at Villa the time to appoint a new manager.
still skeggy
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23/11/2007 09:13:00

Point taken about Barwick, J. However that situation is the same through out football. Lerner appointed O'Neill and at the end off the day what did he know about the beautiful game. Unfortunately the FA situation isn't right but it ain't going to change.
still skeggy
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23/11/2007 09:16:00

Lerner didn't appoint O'Neill, to be fair.
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23/11/2007 10:01:00

Thought Doug appointed MON. Well, he said so, so it must be true. MON is going nowhere. England? Bah humbug.
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23/11/2007 10:03:00

Well that might be the case DerryVillan. However only a fool would assume that Lerner never made his opinion known regarding the O'Neill appointment. The fact off the matter is O'Neill was needed to replace DOL and Lerner had finished his purchase off Villa soon enough.
still skeggy
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23/11/2007 10:05:00

Everyone is ruling themselves out! The FA won't have any one left to choose from! The media have made the job of managing England one of the probably THE hardest job in football! It isn't as attractive to potential managers any longer unless they are in it just for the money. English football needs a complete overhaul! The FA should be run by ex footballers and people that know the game not 'non footballing' people as you say Fear. At the moment we are the laughing stock of Europe! UTV!
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23/11/2007 10:07:00

The England Manager is no more than a figure head.The players pick th team and the formation. They then sink back into the background when we perform badly and blame the manager. What manager in their right mind would want to be involved?
still skeggy
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23/11/2007 10:11:00

At the first fans forum, MON went on record to say Randy Lerner had nothing to do with the O'Neill appointment.
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23/11/2007 10:15:00

Well if you believe that you believe anything. Don't be a silly billy boy, Derry
still skeggy
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23/11/2007 10:20:00

Derry - but it is also known that MON knew of the takeover's imminent competion when he joined- ie he knew he wouldn't have to work with the small minded DE. He'd met RAL and they'd chatted the future all out - so really, he wasn't joining DE's villa but the Randylution!
The Usual Suspect
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23/11/2007 10:39:00

It really would be nice to hear MON rule himself out of the England job now that its available. Its very easy to say you don't want a job when there's someone else doing it, but quite another thing when its available.
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23/11/2007 10:40:00

i doubt he'd have come to villa if DE was staying - put it that way.
The Usual Suspect
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23/11/2007 10:41:00

I hope that MON wont leave us for the England job but what is worrying is Jose and Sam and Arsene all ruled themselves out straight away and was broadcast on telly saying so but MON hasnt yet. Why?????
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23/11/2007 10:51:00

Whilst it also grates on me that 'non-footballing' people pick the English manager, reading analysis from 'football people' like Le Tiss and Lawrenson every week hardly fills me with confidence that playing football for a living makes you any more immune from simply believing everything the press say.
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23/11/2007 11:01:00

The Star has an EXCLUSIVE! where MoN is the man they want and the express has an EXCLUSIVE! where the FA have already been in contact with Mourinho.
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23/11/2007 11:11:00

This is now confirmed - MON does not want the England poisoned chalice.
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23/11/2007 14:12:00

I hope he does decide to stay at Villa Park. If he does go for the job though if its offered, then life will move on at B6. No one person is bigger than the club, and AVFC would get over it, recover, and move on.
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23/11/2007 19:12:00

Must stress though, I want to see the guy remain here at B6. Certainly dont want to see us stumble our way back to the starting block again. We need stability at the helm, particularly while progress is being made.
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27/11/2007 14:43:00


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