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O'Neill Rubbishes Transfer

Oh for flips sake. Why is everything always so bloody painful for Villa fans in the transfer market?

Just spend some money and get bums on seats will you?!?!

Martin O'Neill has told Sky Sports News that he has not met with Jermain Defoe and that Villa aren't on the verge of signing him.

'It is simply untrue, absolutely and utterly untrue - it couldn't be any fairer than that. I think that sort of statement, if you're talking about a player at a football club - where the two haven't talked to each other, is grossly unfair.'

Sky Sports report did add that MON didn't deny he had an interest of that he might bid though.

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Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday January 18 2008

Time: 5:33PM

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Its not his fault we get linked to all the players, he has his own targets and when he dismisses rumours everyone seems to get stressed.
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18/01/2008 17:44:00

I agree with JP this is unfair and unreasonable. So what are we doing in this transfer window, if anything? Full backs we are told are not a high priority nor, it seems, is an England class striker so where are we going? Is this rabid secrecy so important or is MON once again demonstrating that transfers are his Achilles heel? I do hope I am wrong and we get some significant signings to make our top six hopes a reality.
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18/01/2008 17:46:00

It's at times like this when it's nice to support a club and accept they are second-rate, rather than support a second-rate club and expect them to reach the Champions League within the next few years!
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18/01/2008 17:47:00

No, not his fault at all, not saying it is. What I am asking is why everything transfer wise (and has been for years) always has to be so painful for us fans?! I don't want targets, I want players in the shirt on the pitch! Bloody press, bloody football, bloody transfer windows, bloody bloody! :o)
The Fear
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18/01/2008 17:48:00

I cant help but think of the position under Gregory when we were in a great position and never bought and pushed on, lets hope we dont go there again, its so frustrating when all you see is players linked outwards and nothing coming in!
silkie villain
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18/01/2008 17:53:00

Agree with silkie villain. We are in a positive position at the moment and now is NOT the time to be sitting back and enjoying it. We need to be pushing on, and pushing on quickly if the five-year plan is to be met. That means being ruthless and also kicking players out who are taking up space and are unlikely to feature as they are not good enough. I just hope MON has not been given a stingy transfer budget by Randy. Who knows, the weakness of the dollar may be causing problems and, if push comes to shove and there is a limited amount of cash, investment in the Cleveland Browns will always come ahead of cash being thrown at Villa. Not trying to cause an argument, but the fact Randy chose to watch a Browns match rather than attend the Blues derby gave me that idea.
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18/01/2008 17:56:00

cue midnight on the 31st...
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18/01/2008 17:56:00

The transfer window is an absolute disgrace and should be re-thought out. Even if extended by a month and half (i.e. end of season & December and Jan...)
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18/01/2008 17:57:00

Not too sure, the transfer window is good in theory. It stops clubs with more money raping clubs with less money. Well, it at least limits the time when the poorer clubs can be bent over! Might be easier just to have one window - I can see an argument for just the summer so that clubs have to start and finish the season with the same players.
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18/01/2008 17:59:00

Well Mr Fear, bloody press, well pointed out.As Kevin Keegan said, the reporters write it and the Editors put the most sensationalist parts out into the circus.Funny that no other parts of the interview are shown.And all that is shown is MON's response.Where was the question before his answer?Like -Was Jermaine Defoe at Bodymoor heath and have you put in a 10million bid?...Q Mr O'Neill's response "It is simply untrue, absolutely and utterly untrue - it couldn't be any fairer than that. I think that sort of statement, if you're talking about a player at a football club - where the two haven't talked to each other, is grossly unfair.' I rest my case. I think we should have learned by now.Let's keep our knickers on and wait until the 1st Feb.We can't do anything about it, so let's carry on supporting the lads and help get results, this is something we can affect.UTV
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18/01/2008 18:01:00

why do people panic so much MON's transfers have in the main worked. Ashly Young, Curtis Davis, Petrov, Reo-Coker, Knight, Malony, Carew are all much better than the people they replaced the only purchase that hasn't worked so far is Harewood. We will buy there is no evidence that budgets are an issue but only when MON thinks the player is right. Thats good enough for me I can be patient. As for Defoe he is a fourth choice striker at a club in the lower half of the prem its hardly a loss if he doesn't come to us.
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18/01/2008 18:17:00

This is absolutely killing me. Here I sit in Los Angeles, all day at work on the internet waiting for updates. Every morning I get up and can't wait to open skysports to read "VILLA SIGN....." but no. MON let's get defoe. Quit this bull*****. Don't you dare let Mellberg go now and stop bringing in only youth. If we don't have any experience, how are we going to even cope in Europe (if we even get there). Stop moaning about prices - if everyone else is willing to pay it, you have to also. BUY DEFOE before Newcastle decides to buy a whole other team like they did in the summer. (cause that worked so well for them)
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18/01/2008 18:24:00

I know its frusrating but lets give MON some credit. He has brought well so far and I'm sure come 31st January we will have three new signings. Just be patient everyone
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18/01/2008 18:26:00

Well said all those of us who trust MON's judgement. As far as I can see he hasn't made a bad move yet, So all those who dont trust the judgement of MON get a grip. I like the way MON does his buisness he targets a player then goes and gets him if he cant for some reason then he doesn't compromise himself by spending endless amounts of money on journeymen. For that he is to be applauded in my opinion.
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18/01/2008 18:30:00

Anyway does anyone expect him to admit to having contact with Defoe? he would be break the rules and be diciplined accordingly. its a serious offence tapping up a player... the clubs need to agree a fee before permission is granted to have contact....
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18/01/2008 18:33:00

daveldvilla you are so right. Who'd want to sign a donut with a diagonal mohawk?
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18/01/2008 20:16:00

If he doesn'twant to join us, more fool him frankly.
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18/01/2008 20:26:00

Ive been saying for ages - I don't think MON has the funds we think he has - Why didn't he bid for Yakubu instead of Harewood, why are Carson & Davies only on loan ? - and now MON has all but said we won't be getting Defoe - WAKE UP - painful as it is he hasn't got the major funds that we hoped.
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18/01/2008 21:21:00

If MON didn't have the money, I doubt very much Graydon that he would keep quiet because the lack of activity (if the money is there - which I firmly believe is and have been assured on several occassions is) reflects on him. He said in the summer he had the full backing of Randy and money to spend. I don't think he'd say that if it wasn't the case, I really don't. Why would he?
The Fear
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18/01/2008 21:43:00

Derry Villan- The NFL has a salary cap, meaning you can only spend so much on players. The Browns make far more than they need for players. So if anything, Browns money is being spent on AVFC.
Scot Dutch
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18/01/2008 21:49:00

Lerner's money is not the problem. Either MON is being overly frugal, or players don't want to come to the midlands. There's no reason why there hasn't been even one player, even a squad player, brought in by now. Inexplicable.
Scot Dutch
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18/01/2008 21:54:00

Its not a question of money or players not wanting to come to the midlands. I think its just that the players of quality that we need are not for sale. Chimbonda wants to come to us but Spurs won't release him until they find a quality right back to replace him and the only targets they have are the same people Chelsea, Manu and us are linked with. At the moment there are a number of clubs like us who have funds and are seeking quality players it was never going to be easy unless you just go for numbers and whats the point in that.
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18/01/2008 22:12:00

intresting you WANT defoe! he is content to sit on the bench at spurs, doing nothing, and has been for quite some time - would such a lazy player really fit into your plans? I have completly given up with the idea of wanting him at pompey (we are still lonked a lot) as he just doesnt care about football.
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18/01/2008 22:35:00

Can't believe everybody is getting so wound up! The press have hyped the Defoe thing up to near hysteria and with no substance. The Larsson thing was completely without foundation and turned into a non story. I think reporters take a punt on two or three "exclusive" links in the hope that maybe one comes off so they can say, "you heard it here first". I agree with Fear in that I believe the money is there, MON is being cautious and going after players he thinks will add value in the long term, not just short term fixes. I think that is the proper way of doing it and applaud him for that. In the case of Harewood, there was such an overwhelmingly negative reaction to his signing but now people are posting that he should be in the team, he isn't being given a chance etc etc. Which is it? we can't have it both ways. I am happy to leave MON to get on with it, after all we are in the best position both on and off the pitch that we have been for years. We should know by now that when he has secured a target we'll hear about it. I am frustrated at the lack of a specialist right back, but we've done ok up to now. I'm sure the owners and management are aware of what is at stake and are pushing to get the right people in to push on. As supporters we need to get behind them and cut out the b******t, and if anybody is unhappy, just think back about 18 months or so. Up the Villa!
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18/01/2008 22:40:00

i think mon has the money to spend but only he and his close aston villa sidekicks know who he wants, there has been no suggestion of players not wanting to come to the villa otherwise it would of been all over the press,maybe hes made enquires but as yet no sucsess or it might be he thinks we can get through with the players and reserves we have in the club if this is the case well i think hes taking a chance what he dont want to do is go out and sign players and upset the rest of the players who have done us proud this season, mon is a wise old so an so and whatever he does i think it will be the right decision so come on you villa fans its not all doom and gloom and stop worrying about signing players be bleeding glad when its all over so we can get back to supporting the side....
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18/01/2008 23:05:00

He just isn't spending money fo the sake of it. He only wants to buy players he think can move us forward. He may like some players but thinks they aren't worth the money he could spend on a higher quality player. I think we will become a more attractive club to play for next year. He also probably doesn't want to damage team spirit and balance by signing lots of players
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19/01/2008 06:39:00

The get bums on seats comment is a strange one, i don't think that has been a problem. I think we all need to calm down a bit.
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19/01/2008 13:02:00

Well said weller I think we need to calm down a lot, MON buys players he wants, He does not buy players because he can. I think he is doing a great job of building a new team from the foundations up. Leave the man alone and let hm do his job. Realistically how many of us honestl thought we would be joint 4th the begining of the season let alone the begining of last season.
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19/01/2008 18:07:00

There's a very good reason Scot Dutch as to 'why there hasn't been even one player, even a squad player, brought in by now'. Clearly MON believes that there is no one out there whose available and who could improve the squad. MON surely desrves the right to bring in only players he believes will improve the current VP situation, as opposed to bringing in lesser players who will add nothing, but will merely keep the supporters happy. We'd no dubt have another Marlon Harewood situation, where supporters are up in arms, and refuse to give the guy a break.
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22/01/2008 01:58:00


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