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O'Neill For England Rumbles On

Here we go again!

I was so hoping that Jose Mourinho would take the England job. Not because I think he would be best for the job, I don't - my personal opinion is an Englishman, or at least a British manager should manage our national site - but because it would have ended once and for all the constant speculation linking Martin O'Neill to the job.

Today in the Daily Express they claim that the Villa boss WOULD consider the job IF he was approached directly and offered the role, as opposed to the interview process of last time.

Reporters and pundits have been touting MON for some while and all say the same, if the FA make up their mind and make the package attractive, he will be tempted. He is also the one that many of the press and pundits seem to be mentioning over and over. I always watch the Sunday Supplement on Sky Sports each Sunday morning and basically to a man the guest reporters on their say that O'Neill is the obvious and ideal candidate.

The Daily Express report has no quotes, not even from 'a person close to' or 'an inside source' but never-the-less, it seems to be a popular opinion and now Jose Mourinho has apparently ruled himself out - again, the links are bound to grow.

There is nothing Martin O'Neill can do about this, he has stated where his loyalties lie enough times in recent weeks, but would the loyalties be tested if he was approached? It is one thing turning down a hypothetical job but turning down a role he seems to have coveted for a good while might be a different matter. One of the press members on the Sunday Supplement suggested he had even got a get out clause in his Leicester City and Celtic contracts if he was approached for the England job. NO idea at all if that is true or not.

Interesting times. Lets hope all this talk doesn't have an unsettling effect. Surely it would be very difficult for MON to walk away after saying he had a job to do at Villa and assuring the players that he was there for the long haul?

The latest odds from William Hill are:

Fabio Capello 7/4
Jose Mourinho 5/2
Marcello Lippi 4/1
Martin O' Neill 7/1
Jurgen Klinsmann 7/1
Steve Coppell 20/1
Luis Scolari 20/1
Harry Redknapp 20/1
Alan Curbishley 20/1
Guus Hiddink 25/1
Gerard Houllier 33/1
Alan Shearer 33/1
Louis Van Gaal 40/1
Stuart Pearce 50/1
Rafa Benitez 50/1
Glenn Hoddle 50/1
Frank Rijkaard 50/1
Mark Hughes 66/1
Sam Allardyce 80/1
Martin Jol 80/1
Arsene Wenger 80/1

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Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday December 10 2007

Time: 11:21AM

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In the past its suggested O'Neill always has a clause which says he can leave a club for the England job. I'd thought Harry had become the number 1 choice until recently, his fall from grace and Mourinho's possible exit could leave O'Neill as the only remaining option, If it is I hope he goes before the January spend
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10/12/2007 11:25:00

Personally think this is a 2 horse race between the 2 Italians now. Fingers crossed for Capello to top up my Mayweather winnings! :)
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10/12/2007 11:25:00

Wow, can't imagine how happy avfc48 would be if MON did go. He would get rid of a manager he clearly hates. But before he goes, 48, tell us all who you would have in his place. Of all the managers that might be available to us, who is your choice?
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10/12/2007 11:43:00

what worries me is the likes of Arsene Winger, Big Sam and others have come out as did Martin O'Neil and said they wasnt intrested in the job and have not been linked with it again but for some reason MON though saying he was committed to Villa is still being linked with the job. i hate to say it but there is no smoke with out fire. and wonder if what the papers are saying are true about MON saying he would be intrested in doing it if asked directly??
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10/12/2007 11:53:00

My opinion is that MON has always shown himself to be a man of his word and that integrity is important to him. I don't think he'll leave us and I think he himself is getting fed up with it all. I don't know what more he can say after catagorically stating he wants to stay at Villa.
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10/12/2007 12:19:00

Martin Jol at 80/1, not sure I'll be having a flutter on that one! Would hate a non England speaking manager, personally I'd think they would be mad not to go for MON or Arry but with Arry's blotted copy book..... Hmmm.
The Fear
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10/12/2007 12:51:00

Bob, I think you are missing the point. There is only one man for the England job - our very own AVFC48. He knows the answer to everything and will never make a mistake. Sure fire shoe in.
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10/12/2007 12:51:00

Agreed Fear, MON is the ideal candidate but that ship has sailed!
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10/12/2007 12:56:00

Jon.H Not sure these ships ever sail. The best thing we have going for us is the ineptness of the FA. Who would want to work for such a politically functioning organisation? They all want a say until the brown stuff hits the fan and then run away. The job is impossible over a reasonable period of time. I understand that last time Mon refused to say who his captain would be and could not get support for his two assistants. Given the choice between Randy and Barwick lets hope common sense prevails. Also Barwick says he wants an English manager. Lets hope he knows his geography.
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10/12/2007 13:04:00

Well, well - maybe you're right GLB. Brilliant piece of lateral thinking. And great for us all too: first, we get to keep MON, as the majority seem to want; second, the England manager's job goes to somebody who would bring REAL managerial skill and tactical nous to the role. How could he fail?
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10/12/2007 18:24:00

The two outstanding candidates are surely Lippi and/or Capello. The F.A. shouldn't mess up this time, they should go for the best. Two guys who are winners, are available, and are supposedly very interested in the opportunity. Only Barwick and his cronies could screw this up.
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10/12/2007 22:02:00

Although I'm a MON fan. I do agree with 48 here, I'd want him to leave now rather than leave us in a state of flux for two months. Could ruin our season
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10/12/2007 23:02:00

The England job will still be there either after the next World Cup failure to qualify of the folowing failure. MON is young enough to bide his time at Villa. He will be more qualified to take the England managers job after a few seasons in Europe with Aston Villa. What would the supporters be calling for if MON managed to steer Villa into the Champions League? Time is on his side and he knows it. Sorry for those anti O'Neill supporters but I honestly think he is far wiser than some people would like to give him credit.
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11/12/2007 06:06:00

"Although I'm a MON fan. I do agree with 48 here, I'd want him to leave now rather than leave us in a state of flux for two months. Could ruin our season". You're right, it could - IF he goes. But does the fact that he has said outright that he is committed to Villa mean nothing at all? And as for "In the past its suggested O'Neill always has a clause which says he can leave a club for the England job." from 48 - how on earth do you know what has been in his previous and current contracts, 48? Is this real knowledge (in which case, what is your source) or simply a bit more mud to sling?
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11/12/2007 17:03:00

MON is going absolutely nowhere. He's said repeatedly now that he's not interested in the England job, and I for one dont for one minute think that we'll see an about turn.
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11/12/2007 21:54:00


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