MON Reveals Window Disappointment
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MON Reveals Window Disappointment

MON Reveals Window Disappointment

Martin O'Neill has said that the seriously good players he wanted to sign simply weren't available.

Speaking on the official site today the manager has explained why the window was so quiet and whilst I have no reason to disbelieve him, questions must be asked about where the right back that we had to wait until January for has disappeared to.

'I enquired about some players who I felt could significantly improve the team but it wasn't to be. I was spurned in those advances.

'But those players may well be available in the summer. They weren't available now and I can totally understand that.

'I have great faith in these players and my only concern is picking up serious injuries between now and the end of the season.

'That's where we have been lucky before and let's hope it's the same now.

'We simply didn't have the transfer bonanza like we did last year.'

O'Neill also explained that he could've signed plenty of players, but they wouldn't have added much when his prefered first team was fit.

It looks seriously like he is only prepared to sign players who he thinks can make a first team difference and our 'bulk' and 'depth' will come from current first teamers being dropped.

It makes even less sense with Cahill being allowed to leave, but there you go.

Looks like we are waiting until the summer again then. O'Neill knows the risk and gamble he has just made, suspensions and injuries would seriously tear our good work apart.

Fellow fans - cross everything!

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Writer:Mike Field
Date:Friday February 1 2008
Time: 4:04PM


Think we were all somewhat disappointed, MON, the supporters, and no doubt the players. Thing is, January is over and done with now, there's nothing to be achieved by looking back. Agree with Deano though, assurances relating to summer signings mean very little right now. Positive action is needed, not false promises.
04/02/2008 20:36:00
It's talk like this that winds the fans up so much, coz now we are expecting big signings again in the summer! I wish he'd just keep quiet sometimes.
03/02/2008 10:30:00
Perhaps AVFC48, Villan57 and FatKev should put together a CV and send it over to Randy. While they're at it, form a new website If Defoe was a decent team player he'd be at Man Utd, Arsenal, Chelsea or Liverpool.
03/02/2008 05:50:00
Everybody wants transfer fireworks. Spurs did it? Did they? one crocked centre half, a left back who failed two medicals and a right back for £9m with no prem experience. Look at the players they have bought over the last few years. And, where are they now?
02/02/2008 18:48:00
I am not calling for MoNs head but to say i am disappointed with his transfer dealings so far is an understatement. What message has he given to the current players, other than that he hopes to get in better players & demote them. Why else would he not even be bothered to get in players to back them up a bit. Its a good job we were knocked out embarrassingly early in the cups as out incomplete squad could not cope. It is ok dreaming about having a world beating squad at present i would be happy if we just had a player for each position with possibly some cover. (Right back ??)
02/02/2008 18:07:00
tell me about it Beo. I'm all for opinion, but it's incredible. There are a lot of Villans starting to sound like Toon fans. Fact of the matter is we've gone from 16th to 11th to what we can only assume is better than that. There'll be people calling for MONs head if we don't get into Europe, and it's just beyond belief. I know that the pessimists among you read what i say and think i'm looking at it all through some special claret and blue tinted glasses, but i'm not. I expected a RB in, we didn't get one. That's a shame. However, I'm a student, and not a man who is payed to focus full time on running Aston Villa, so it's probably best if i don't preach about transfer policies and players that we should've signed, because i know sweet FA about it. Any improvement on 50 points is progress, anything in the top 8 is a good season, Europe is great (and most definitely preferable) No doubt we'll hear about this window every time a bad result comes our way, but Liverpool are at best 2 points ahead of us, with 3 strikers who cost them almost more than every transfer MON has made so far.
02/02/2008 03:34:00
Hmm. "C o u l d n ' t" is a swear word ??
02/02/2008 02:31:00
******** agree more daveldvilla. MON is building for the long term. He's no quick fix miracle-cure practitioner, cos there's no such thing. Ok Man City have done pretty well buying a shedload of players, but I reckon their success is more down to Sven being a good club manager. As is Martin. Keep the faith.
02/02/2008 02:30:00
I really cannot believe what some people are saying. The squad - and manager - that we have finds itself in fifth place in the Premier League. The squad we had on Dec 31 is no worse than what we have on Feb 1. Unless we have disastrous injuries etc, we have adequate backup in pretty much every area. I really don't think what was available in the market would have been better than the back up we already have. Save the money MON, get us into Europe, and buy some real quality in the summer. But most of all, build on what you've done in the last 18 months. Thank god no panic buys merely to appease the fans.
01/02/2008 22:56:00
Good point Daveldvilla.I think I am just so focused on Europe.It is so close, I can taste the Amstel!!...there are 8 of us in the Holte and we are planning the trips already.To lose out through injuries or lack of depth would be sickening.But to lose out now, to guarantee long term European football, is a no brainer.The longterm future and stability is everyone's goal.It's gone now, so back to the business of supporting the lads, eating Balti pies and getting every point we can.In MON we trust..UTV
01/02/2008 20:47:00
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