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O'Neill - Ready To Commit Long Term Or Not?

There is an article in the Sunday Telegraph today about Martin O'Neill wanting to secure long term deals with our star players in order to fend off would be suitors. However he doesn't seem so keen to commit his long term future to the club and seems to prefer the rolling one year contract that he also had during the latter stages of his Celtic managerialship. His present deal is, apparently, up for renewal in August.

The Telegraph suggests that Randy Lerner would like MON on a longer deal but MON said:

'I'm sure if things went all right, Randy Lerner and myself would sit down and talk about that.'

However he added, 'It doesn't matter if you sign for five or 10 years, you get booted out if the results don't go for you. It makes it messier at the end of the day. Insecurity has never bothered me, it is something I quite like.'

I remember him saying at the Tom Ross Capital Gold forum (first one) that he didn't like the idea, if he was doing badly, sitting on the bench with a massive and long contract. He said it would embarrass him. I do agree the contracts aren't really worth the paper they are written on, however surely it would send a message to the players if the manager did commit long term?

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Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday April 27 2008

Time: 11:42AM

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what do you reckon, is a rolling contract as good as anything or should be commit longer term?
The Fear
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27/04/2008 11:54:00

The only thing that is different is if Man Utd come in for him, they can have him without barely any compensation coming to that respect i wish he would sign on for longer, it just gives the club a bit more assurance that here is where he wants to be. But, if we really wanted rid of MON at any time, it obviously doesn't matter if it's a big contract he's on or a rolling one, because he'd be gone all the same. I'd ask him very nicely to just sign a nice 5 year contract for everyone's health.
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27/04/2008 12:01:00

I don't believe having a manager on a longer term contract has any bearing on the success of a club, especially when you've a manager like MO'N. The way he talks about taking the club forward and his enthusiasm for the task speaks louder than any piece of paper.
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27/04/2008 12:02:00

It's a tough one Jon. On one hand i see exactly what he is saying however, If Doug was in charge then i would want him to sign a longer contract. Randy seems a decent bloke & i dont think he would get rid of Martin unless it went completely grape shaped, in that case i think MON would resign
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27/04/2008 12:05:00

What use are contracts? None, they just get everyone excited. Players can buy out within 2 years of the end, or leave for cheap towards the end. Hendrie signs them and then plays poorly and so do a fw others. Contracts are no security - just an illusion.
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27/04/2008 12:56:00

He's a man of his word, this has come up before, and he doesnt seem bothered about having a long term contract, you can see that he is building, why would he walk out to go to another club to build all over again. I think this will be MON's last club. He gets on well with the owner tha players and most fans love him. Obviously depends if we are sucessful. but we got all the ingredients to make a big competitive cake!
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27/04/2008 13:50:00

ah krisvilla, but wouldn't MON signing a 5 year contract be the icing on said cake?
Villan Of The North
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27/04/2008 15:18:00

yeah it would but i really don't think it matters, he'll stay regardless
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27/04/2008 18:29:00

Main point of the contract, as AstonMartinOneill says is to at least get us a decent compensation if the likes of Man utd come for him. I understand MON's point of view that he doesn't think they are worth it and complicate things. I do wonder if it would set a good tone for the players though.
The Fear
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27/04/2008 19:10:00

I think him and barry should sit down together and both sign : )
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27/04/2008 20:09:00

maybe mon is at Villa regardless he knows what he wants to do, it'll be a tough act to follow when SAF retires, I can see what people are saying about compensation, it does make sense even a 3 year one minimum
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27/04/2008 20:31:00

MON seems to prefer things just the way things are, so I dont see any real need to change things around. Just hope we're paying him well.
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27/04/2008 21:51:00

id like to see him sign a couple or so year deal, if hes not keen on that, then as been said above about e.g. man ure coming in for him leaving us with nothing, he could always have a gents agreement with RL that he wouldnt have any compo if he was sacked? i see what he means and appreciate it, i get the impression he's an honest enough bloke, for agreed it would set an example to the young stars we have
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28/04/2008 07:20:00

IMO it dosen't mean a jot to be on a long contract or not. A contract some years ago meant something! Now acontract means nothing. Look at the Barry issue, he has 2 years left to run, it doesn't hes going to stay! I think MON is a man of good moral fiber and work ethics. I feel that if MON wanted a long contract he would get one. But he clearly feels happy with the current stituation. It's only an issue for the press and people who want to see it as a problem.
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28/04/2008 08:50:00

I agree with all comments about MO'N's integrity, about contracts not really being worth a jot, blah, blah, blah.However I also agree whole heartedly with LA Villa. Get GB & MO'N to sit down and sign together. What a great PR stunt and message to send out to the rest of the squad, the rest of the Premier League AND the rest of The World that Villa are back amongst the Big Boys. I've just watched Chelsea beat Liverpool in the CL Semi knowing that we beat them at home and drew at their place. That's how far away we are from The Champions League. A team that is in the final couldn't beat us. I am very excited about the future. It is Bright!
Adam Deuce
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