Vital Football

Latest Aston Villa News

O'Neill Ain't Afraid Of No Ghosts

O'Neill Ain't Afraid Of No Ghosts

Martin O'Neill 'ain't afraid of no ghosts' as he says he won't worry about players sold recently coming back to haunt him!

He told the official site: 'There has not been a player here in normal circumstances that I would have wished to have pushed out of the door. But there are only so many players you can play at any given time and players are going to be unhappy at not being in the side. We have raised £15million from the sale of the four players so time will tell how things pan out.'

The club also have put on sell on clauses - something the previous regime woefully neglected when selling players like Peter Crouch costing Villa millions - so when/if players like Liam Ridgewell, Gary Cahill, Steven Davis, (and Luke Moore if his loan becomes permanent) are sold at a profit, Villa also benefit again.

'I don't sell players on the basis of being worried if people come back. I cannot sit and worry myself about players coming back to haunt me. There is a stage which players reach where if they are not going to play regularly in your side, they want to play regularly in someone else's side.'



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

Join the Vital Fantasy Football League - its Free!

Writer:J P Fear
Date:Saturday February 23 2008
Time: 10:51AM

Comments

0
Cahill is the only one i was sad to see go. Steven Davis was a one season wonder. Fulham have already farmed him out.
weller77
23/02/2008 11:07:00
0
yeah cahill quality defender, should of had a buy back clause on him, that would of been handy
krisvilla
23/02/2008 14:12:00
0
Many fans seem to believe that MON didn't rate these young players, and therefore decided to sell them. I believe he did indeed rate them, and would have preferred to keep at least some of them, but could not with honesty promise them immediate, regular first team football. This being the case, he is in a situation where he can either keep unhappy players on his books or let them move on. In my opinion, it is ultimately in the players' hands whether they stay or leave, not the manager's.
BobTheBuilder
23/02/2008 15:37:00
0
Martin has got the right outlook and attitude. He cant lose any sleep on players he decides to cut. He makes his decision based on what he see's as best for the club, and then he lives with it. That is exactly as it should be. Sooner or later one player may go from strength to strength following a move, but experience over the years has shown that scenario to be very few and far between.
glensider
26/02/2008 10:04:00
0
My good Twickenham based friend, season ticket holder at The Cottage (poor soul) tells me that Steven Davis was awful, a complete waste of money. Mind you, he seems to have landed on his feet at Ibrox, if he can get a permanent deal there.
glensider
28/02/2008 16:38:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment

Recent Aston Villa Articles

Something For The Weekend (564)

Shock and awfulness...or the incident of the sob in the night-time.

7 Reasons To Look On The Claret & Blue Bright Side

DJ France has 7 claret and blue (sounds like mostly claret!) reasons to look on the bright side.

Technology For The Championship In 2017/18

On Thursday the Football League confirmed that there was now an agreement in principle for the introduction of goal-line technology from the start of the 2017/18 season.

Officials - Newcastle v Aston Villa (20/2/17)

The Football League have now announced the Match Day officials that will take charge of the game between Newcastle United and Aston Villa this Monday.

Archived Vital Villa Articles

Vital Villa articles from

Site Journalists

J P Fear
Editor email
Profile
Mike Field
Editor email
Profile
Steve Wade
no email
Profile
Villa_Grizzly
no email
Profile
Turkish Penguin
no email
Profile
Glensider
no email
Profile
Chris Heath
no email
Profile
M Calucar
no email
Profile
JuanPablo Angel
no email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

Aston Villa v Newcastle (away) will:
Suggested By: Mystic Mug
Win12%
Lose77%
Draw11%
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Brighton 32 20 8 4 68 28
2 Newcastle 31 21 3 7 66 35
3 Huddersfield 31 19 4 8 61 7
4 Reading 32 18 6 8 60 6
5 Leeds Utd 33 18 4 11 58 11
6 Sheff Wed 32 17 7 8 58 11
7 Norwich 33 15 6 12 51 11
8 Fulham 31 13 10 8 49 15
9 Barnsley 33 14 7 12 49 4
10 Preston 33 13 10 10 49 4
11 Derby County 31 13 8 10 47 7
12 Cardiff 33 13 6 14 45 -2
13 Ipswich 33 10 11 12 41 -7
14 Birmingham 33 10 10 13 40 -14
15 Brentford 31 10 7 14 37 -1
16 Q.P.R. 32 10 7 15 37 -11
17 Aston Villa 31 8 12 11 36 -6
18 Forest 33 10 6 17 36 -12
19 Wolves 31 9 8 14 35 -4
20 Burton 32 9 7 16 34 -13
21 Bristol City 31 9 5 17 32 -4
22 Wigan 32 7 9 16 30 -9
23 Blackburn 31 7 8 16 29 -13
24 Rotherham 33 4 5 24 17 -43
Vital Football Comment
Latest F1 News
Hamilton sends warning shot to Bottas
Latest Vital Boxing News
Peterson Becomes Two-Weight World Champion
Write for Vital Football

Recent Aston Villa Results (view all)

Aston Villa Fixtures (view all)

Feb 20 2017 8:00PM : Newcastle United (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Feb 25 2017 3:00PM : Derby County (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Feb 28 2017 7:45PM : Bristol City (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Mar 4 2017 3:00PM : Rotherham United (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Mar 7 2017 7:45PM : Huddersfield Town (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Mar 11 2017 3:00PM : Sheffield Wednesday (H)
Sky Bet Championship

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.The Fear297
2.JuanPabloAngel266
3.sirdennis260
4.Fulford172
5.Silhillvilla159
6.Melon Donkey153
7.villasince67136
8.McParlandTheGreat121
9.kefkat114
10.Stephen Jay Hawkings103
The Vital Football Members League