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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 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday February 17 2008

Time: 10:14AM

Your Comments

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
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
krisvilla
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.
ASPINALL
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!!!!
Kuffit
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....
gappy65
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)
krfeskivilla
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
FatKev
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
Waldorf
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
FatKev
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.
Nigel-not-Reo
A wasted talent, no doubt about it, but the reason that it all went so wrong is down to Stanley Collymore, no one else. Its easy to talk the talk now, but even MON wouldn't have kept Stan on the straight and narrow, I dont think. His attitude was way wrong, and that was all down to Collymore.
glensider
Some players require a different approach as in life. Stan needed help rather than pressure. I for one feel sadened by the outcome of Collymores as a footballer. Does anyone believe that Cantona would have become the player he did if Fergie wasn't behind him? I don't think so. Collymore possible made the wrong choices at the wrong time. He didn't need a disfunctional girl like Ulrica on his arm, he was fighting himself let alone her baggage too. That's by no means an excuse for what he did. But the 2 of them were totally dysfunctional.
gappy65
Well put gappy65
Nigel-not-Reo
With all due respect gappy65, Collymore was in a game where pressure is all around, day after day. Admittedly JG didn't perhaps handle him as tactfully as he could, but the abrasive outspoken way was a Gregory trademark, many players suffered from his sharp tongue. Neither was prepared to meet each other half-way, but in the situation of manager vs player there was only ever going to be one winner. Anyhow, if I remember correctly, SVC was in trouble with MON more or less immediately on his arrival at Leicester City, that affair out in Spain. That certainly wasn't down to depression.
glensider
Unfortunately Glensider depression isn't exclusive to people on or below the breadline. It affect poeple from all walks of life including footballers. In fact Steven Fry suffers from Bipolar Paul Abbot the writter of Shameless and Skins is a sufferer these poeple fight suicidal thoughts each and every day. Can anyone who hasn't suffered this really judge a person, footballer or not who has?? I think people are very quick to judge these days.
gappy65
 

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