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Got A Wire Coathanger As An Aerial?

Got a wire coathanger as an aerial on your car? Nope nor me so life can't be that bad. I have to admit these last few days have been tiresome, the abuse directed at the manager who currently has us 5th in the league has been unbelievable.

OK so he has not spent millions and millions in the transfer market but there may be a reason for that.

Maybe we as supporters should ask the question as to why MON has only brought one player into the club and let another leave during this transfer window. He obviously feels (despite what we may think) he has enough in the squad to allow him to complete the season on a competitive footing with the clubs currently around us. The team are playing with confidence, some would argue it is not always pretty to watch but it is proving effective. Looking at the season so far with the player we have some would argue Villa are punching above their weight, bollocks what are Man City and Everton doing after last seasons disappointments. If you look on their sites you will find the same moans about the lack of transfer window activity.

Man City were going to pay 9,000,000 yep 9 million quid on a 30 year old striker even though they are having a great season. Would I be happy to see Villa blow that type of money on a last minute panic? No I would not.

People will question the ambition of the club and Chairman, rightly ask questions about the millions of pounds in the war chest to return Villa to the top flight. Where is the money? Its where MON wants it I suspect, in the bank. Buying players in the January transfer window is no guarantee of Villa finishing in a European spot, not buying players means MON is happy with what he has and will be happy to see the next 13 games through with the thin squad. I will say I do wish he would stop bleating about a thin squad as he has the power to sort this out and has chosen not to do so.

Would we have settled for 5th right now? Too bloody right we would have, would we have settled for pole position for a European place? Too bloody right we would. We have been lucky this season with Injuries, its rumoured 31-01-2008 that John Carew sustained an Injury on the training ground, its not the first time he has been injured this season and I dare say it wont be the last, MON will just have to manage it like every other manager who is bound by the transfer window.

Gentlemen and Ladies its time to stop pissing tears into your hankies and get behind the manager and his management style.

I have even seen threads stating he is trying to emulate Cloughies style of management, do me a favour and don't Insult the memory of one of the greatest Footballers and Managers in English football. Cloughie was a one off and not even Martin O'Neill would try to emulate his mentor, it would be a brave man who would suggest it to him. (don't look at Cloughies dealing in the transfer market)

Not blind faith or belief that MON is the greatest thing since sliced bread but so far he has done enough to show me he knows what HE wants from the players HE has and how to bring results out of them.

Give the bloke a break and watch what he does and not get pissed off because he does not do what you think he should.

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The Journalist

Writer: Col8 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday February 1 2008

Time: 8:49AM

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Well said Col. Whilst not 100% happy I have to tell myself that MoN knows far more than I do about managing a football team, so we have to trust him. I would have been happy with 8th at the start of the season, and to an extent still would be, as it is an improvement. Do we want to be the next Chelsea? No. Let's build a solid foundation that will last for years to come.
Nice one Col, i'm fully behind what you have to say. We all would love to see big names, but it hasn't happened. Come the end of the season and if we find injuries or lack of numbers to be a reason why we finish lower than we could have done, then we'll have a right to ask questions. Currently, lying in 5th, we should put trust in MON.
Another good article like Benham's, at the end of the window everyone was complaining about the lack of movement but there is a much brighter side to look on and with only 14 games left and a squad of youngsters everyone seems to agree that good things are to come.
You're right Col. Do we want to measure MON success by how much he spends in the transfer market or where the team ends up in the Premiership? I know what I will be looking for!
Panic buys are worrying - agreed. I'm a MON fan, but my biggest beef this transfer window is Hutton. Our need for a quality RB is clear to everyone - and Hutton, one of the most promising young RB's around was available. Who gets him....Tottenham - one of our closest rivals for the UEFA spots. That's extremely disappointing, and I really can't understand why we wouldn't have been in the hunt for him. That's the kind of issue I am struggling to get my head around.
Yatesyvillain how do you know MON was not in the market for Hutton? How do we know Hutton was offered more money from Spurs and decided to go there? If the news broke that Villa were trying to sign Hutton, Woodgate, Defoe and Chimbonda and they all refused to come to Villa Park would you feel happier?
3 points on Sunday and all will be forgotten!
fine article... except the weird bit at the end about emulating Clough. I think it is quite clear to even the most casual observer that O'Neill is inspired by Clough and I don't see why it is an insulting to suggest this? Some people can be so precious.
"Where is the money? Its where MON wants it I suspect, in the bank." Exactly, that has been one of my biggest annoyances, people doubting the fact that there is money. It's a silly claim. I agree completely. CLVilla, while i can see what you're saying, I am 100 percent happy because MON has done nothing to show me otherwise. Ok, there are no players in, but football is about results and positions, so therefore, the man hasn't put a step wrong. Even "glass completely empty" types can't argue with that. Europe is still a definite possibility, and even though we all go on about pushing on for the champions league, we'd all be happy with 5th or 6th. Personally, i'd take 7th too. I'd obviously be hugely disappointed not to be in Europe, and no doubt last month would be all anyone ever spoke about, but with the way the league has been this year, progress would be well represented if we were close to qualifying with more than our points tally from last year. Perhaps that sounds unambitious, but remember where we were a year and a half ago and put it into perspective.
When I say "not 100% happy", I do mean "99% happy". It would have been great to sign a big name right wing for example, but I understand it is not that easy to buy top players. If we can't improve the 1st team save our money for later. MoN is canny enough to put points on the board with the squad we have.
I'll get behind Aston Villa as I always do , regardless of who is manager , they come and go we don't . Too much talk about MON and not enough getting behind the team , there are still empty seats fill them if you back him that much!
Yeah, sorry CL, i was just referencing, not really questioning your opinion. I agree, it would've ben great to get a big name in, but them's the breaks.
Excellent article Col. Well thought out, well constructed. The voice of sanity and reason.
Even better read second time around Col. Good 'un.

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