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Collymore On Villa & Missed Chance

Collymore On Villa & Missed Chance

Former Aston Villa and Liverpool striker Stan Collymore says he wishes Martin O'Neill had been the Villa boss whilst he was with us claiming he could have made him a 'legend'. Such a wasted opportunity and great talent lost, he really should have been not only a Villa legend but also an England legend. As many of his ex managers have said, he did things in training that other footballers could only dream of!

Talking to the official site Stanley said:

'I played under him all too briefly (at Leicester City) and that's one of the things I regret, because unlike other managers he was always straight with you. Martin is by far and away the best manager I ever worked for and with John Robertson and Steve Walford he's got the best team of coaches too. If you take out Sir Alex Ferguson and Arsene Wenger, I'd say Martin is the best manager in England. My time at Villa didn't work out for a number of reasons, but I'm convinced if Martin had been in charge back then I'd have become a Villa great.'

He also says Villa can qualify for European football: 'Obviously the important thing for Villa this season is keeping everybody fit. But if they can continue in the same way they did against Newcastle and make the Fulham result a one-off, then I'm positive they can get at least a UEFA Cup place. There's a bit of a battle for fourth with Everton, Manchester City, Portsmouth and Liverpool, but if they take points off each other it's a possibility for Villa - I'm keeping my fingers crossed.'

He also said in another interview that John Carew is a key figure, 'John is awesome, I went to the training ground the other day and he is a massive specimen! He's been around the block a bit after playing in Spain, France and Norway. Now Carew is getting his just desserts. You can talk about the pace of Young and Agbonlahor, but Villa have been noticeably five or 10 per cent worse off when Carew's not been there to knit it all together. He got what he deserved when he scored the hat-trick against Newcastle.'

Adding, 'With strikers it's about service, and Villa have the players to put the ball into the right areas. He's never been a prolific goalscorer, but they're going to need him to weigh in now and that's what he's doing.'

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Writer:J P Fear
Date:Sunday February 17 2008
Time: 10:14AM


Collymore has only himself to blame for not reaching the heights in the game he seems to believe where his right to achieve. He was idolised at Villa but his failings are his own fault and no one else's.
still skeggy
17/02/2008 11:28:00
He chose his sport and that was DOGGING , he seemed quite happy with it. He was a player with many issues and thats affected his play, seems to have mellowed out now, probably not for him the amount of pressure heaped on him in modern footy
17/02/2008 11:31:00
If he had the same mentality as Carew then he would have succeded at the Villa,tragic waste of natural talent but i am glad he`s sorted himself out and does talk a lot of sense and loves us !! He seems to love football now but hated playing.
17/02/2008 11:33:00
I, for one, thought Stan had the potential to make Villa a major force at the time he was there. unfortunately he has to take some of the blame as to why he ever realised his full potential. That and John Gregory's superb management of a player suffering from Depression, contributed to his down fall.I like Stan, he is one of the few pundits that actually talks sense and he would get my vote for reporter of the year, especiaal if next time he's with Alan Green he gives the egotistical tw*t a good kicking!!!!
17/02/2008 11:33:00
I think Collymore had the potential to be a world beater but his work ethics was the stumbling block, But I also feel he suffers from depression possibly Bipolar. He has made mistakes but then we all have! He without sin! springs to mind. But they say youth is watsed on the young!!!! How true that saying is....
17/02/2008 12:00:00
Should have been Villa and England centre forward for many a long day, BUT...that's the problem with Stan...always a BUT. However, as a pundit he talks a LOT of sense (and obviously loves Villa), so that will do for me. Has anyone noticed Sky rarely let Magic Merson report on the Blose these days. Wonder why? Another troubled great player, but he produced on the pitch as well as in the bedroom (or Car Park)
17/02/2008 14:00:00
I am with you there Kuffit, JG was trying to say no player is bigger than Him let alone the club All we needed to do was feed him the ball & let him do the rest, not put other pressures on an already depressed player. Lets not forget we handled many players poorly then moan when we do not get the best out of our players Taylor Merson Savo even Bosko. I am so glad the old regime has gone. I do grumble about the Curtis Scot signings but i wold not want to swap what we now have
17/02/2008 16:16:00
Stan wasted his own talent, he threw the opportunities he had away time and again. One of the most shameful episodes was when he batter Ulrika Jonssen during the 98 world cup "Villa star beat me senseless etc" I'm stunned any of you guys can remeber this guy fondly! If you add to that the appalling aste of talent, his betrayal of our club, oh and by the way, remember when Villa fans had no passion and all drove their range rovers up from worcestershire to watch the Villa? another quote from SVC
17/02/2008 21:05:00
Unfortunatly Gifted people sometimes carry baggage. No one said he was a lovely man. It is about the way things were handled at our club that made things worse
17/02/2008 21:55:00
Stan Collymore, IMO had it all. It's such a shame that it was clouded by his issue's. I personally think he is a good guy who just needed to be managed in a more encouraging way, rather than constantly having negativity thrown at him. I agree that he would have been great for Villa under MON. Depression is a condition of the mind which money cannot heal!! The problem is, it's so easy for people to make a judgement about something that they either, don't understand or have never been affected by it.
17/02/2008 22:23:00
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