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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.'




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Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday February 23 2008

Time: 10:51AM

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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
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23/02/2008 11:07:00

yeah cahill quality defender, should of had a buy back clause on him, that would of been handy
krisvilla
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23/02/2008 14:12:00

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
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23/02/2008 15:37:00

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
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26/02/2008 10:04:00

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
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