UK time is: 12:18:16
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

O'Neill Surprised At CEO Departure

Martin O'Neill has spoken about his shock at the resignation of CEO Richard FitzGerald and has told the Birmingham Mail it was nothing to do with him!

O'Neill told the Mail: 'I genuinely got on very well with him. So whatever happened here, or whatever happened with regards to what he's going on to do, it had absolutely nothing to do with me.'

He says he has no idea why Richard left and added that he will have no input as to who will replace him.

O'Neill also explained, 'I'm running this side of events at Bodymoor Heath. I said to the owner I will take complete control of the training ground and everything to do with the playing aspect. Now sometimes there's a crossover of responsibilities, but I'd be hoping the brand or commercial side of Aston Villa Football Club is similarly upheld. All you can do is uphold your own end. If the team are going well, I think it's always easier to sell certain commercial activities, such as boxes, and if we're not doing so well, it rebounds.'

He also questions whether at some point transfer negotiations etc will be done by a CEO adding, 'That may well eventually be the case, but I don't know exactly what Richard's remit was in terms of those things. I want to point out I got on with him very well and I had no problems with him. In fact he helped me out a lot in some things.'

Reading between the lines, I think MON wants it known that Richard FitzGerald didn't leave because of him!




Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!



Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Join the Vital Fantasy Football League - its Free!

The Journalist

Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday February 7 2008

Time: 2:23PM

Your Comments

Bah....hes got something to hide behind those NHS specs!
benham
I reckon MON made a pass at him. Expect a sexual harrasment case some time soon! lol. (Can I just point out I'm taking the ***** if there are any lawyers watching)
DeanoVilla
Haha, Deano, you caved If you're going to be so risque, at least follow through.
Carlosio
ha ha deanovilla, dont put disclaimers on a funny joke ;-)
krisvilla
Who really cares? It's obvious to me Fitzgerald was light-weight. The CEO is supposed to be top-dog, answerable only to the Owner. It always seemed to me that Krulak and O'Neill made all the major decisions and took all the flak.
villacross
It is strange that a man appointed to raise the profile of the club up and a man who was well grounded with a sporting background leaves after such a short time, decides he no longer wants to work within the "Villa Business" and takes his experience and knoweledge elsewhere. Maybe he just had a better offer, time will tell.
col8
Yes, strange one. Maybe this guy brought in to oversee the stadium work was treading on FitzGerald's toes? Its all speculation of course. Hopefully though we'll get a new, strong CEO before too long. Way too important a position to neglect. Give Doug the job. He'd love it.
glensider
Has in fact this ex-Wembley Stadium manager/overseer been appointed as our CEO? I was told last night by two different folks that indeed he had, but I've certainly not read anything confirming same.
glensider
 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Aston Villa Articles

Tadic Was Our Failed January Buy (Sunday November 23 2014)

Something For The Weekend (472) (Friday November 21 2014)

Aston Villa FC - 140 Years And Counting (Friday November 21 2014)

Villa Support 21st Minute Initiative (Thursday November 20 2014)

Injury Update Ahead Of Southampton (Thursday November 20 2014)

Villa In Talks With Justice For The 21 (Thursday November 20 2014)

The Stiliyan Petrov Foundation (Thursday November 20 2014)

Archived Aston Villa Articles

List All Vital Villa Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll

Vital Members League (view all)

1. Pride of Lions 775
2. ClivetheVillan 754
3. The Fear 571
4. kefkat 267
5. Freeman14 216
6. sirdennis 174
7. DeanoVilla 148
8. Villan57 136
9. gator 91
10. HeathfieldRoad1874 88

League Results (view all)

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
14. Sunderland 12 2 7 3 -7 13
15. Crystal Palace 12 3 3 6 -4 12
16. Hull City 12 2 5 5 -3 11
17. Aston Villa 11 3 2 6 -11 11
18. Leicester City 12 2 4 6 -7 10
19. Burnley 12 2 4 6 -12 10
20. Q.P.R. 12 2 2 8 -12 8

Breaking League News

Liverpool: Carragher Lambasts 'Weak' Reds
Liverpool : 24/11/2014 11:00:00
Monk Will Have Selection Headaches Very Soon!
Swansea : 24/11/2014 11:00:00
Martinez lines up two January signings
Everton : 24/11/2014 11:00:00
The Art of Defending is Dead!
Spurs : 24/11/2014 09:50:00
Liverpool: We're 'Low On Confidence' - Rodgers
Liverpool : 24/11/2014 09:03:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Villa v Southampton (home) will:
Suggested By:  Mystic Mug
Win 18%
Lose 71%
Draw 10%