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Former Players Back To Bite

O'Neill knows Samuel, McCann and Cahill will raise their games but he believes he was right to let them go.

speaking to the Evening Mail, O'Neill explained he had no regrets, particularly about the sale of Gary Cahill as he believes the 5 million recouped was good business.

'I think players have points to prove every single week, and I think managers have points to prove every single week.

'Over the years, former players coming back - some players have played very well and some have not done so cleverly on a given day.

'I just don't know. Our focus must be on ourselves.'

O'Neill appreciate fans were most concerned about the Cahill deal and it's the one sale very few still agree with as Cahill has gone on to be quite good for Bolton recently and was even talked about in terms of an England call up the other week.

'I was asked (at a recent press conference) if I regretted it and said I don't think you can see that far into the future.

'The injury was very unfortunate for Curtis, but that is why we took on another centre-half (Zat Knight).

'That was primarily because I never thought Martin Laursen would play the games - not having done it since his AC Milan days.

'He has played a full season which is remarkable - and also we had Olof Mellberg playing and he could have switched to centre-half.

'I was not pushing Gary Cahill out the door - but I can understand him wanting to play first-team football, especially as he was down the pecking order.

'And once I get a fair price for a player, that is my job, so I am perfectly happy with it. I also think Gary really genuinely wants to play football.'

I can see his point, and I take the point about Laursen however we've seen time and time again that Knight sadly was not an improvement on Cahill or Ridgewell, so once Ridge left the sensible option would've been to give Cahill the run that Knight had prior to Davies coming in surely?




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Writer: Mike Field Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday April 4 2008

Time: 2:38PM

Your Comments

shouldnt trouble you but they are fighting for there lives. 1-2 to bolton sorry
mick66owl
Its all about desire, Villa's desire to get back on track or Boltons desire to scrap for their lives. Too close to call but a Villa win is a MUST.
col8
Agree with MON regarding the departures. All players we can progress with, without their involvement, yes even Gary Cahill. Neither McCann or Samuel have set The Reebok alight, while Cahill still has it to prove, and it looks as if he'll probably be doing that in the Championship.
glensider
Will JLLoyd even start for them? Cahill will, probably McCann too in the absence of Nolan, but Samuel?
glensider
 

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