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Martin O'Neill Will Prove Them Wrong This Summer

Martin O'Neill Will Prove Them Wrong This Summer

An article in the Guardian today talks of Martin O'Neill. It follows on from the news that Randy Lerner is set to take on a more hands on approach at Villa next season and that the arrangement will suit the Villa manager as he doesn't like dealing with chain of commands.

The report says that agents often talk of the trouble they have getting in touch with MON claiming it is difficult to get him to answer his mobile and his voicemail is 'constantly full' !

The report adds, Whether Lerner's increased involvement will speed up the buying and selling process remains to be seen, although it would certainly be naive to believe that O'Neill will suddenly become more decisive. The Villa manager is renowned for deliberating over decisions, a trait that has been in evidence during recent transfer windows, when the Birmingham club have often conducted their business desperately close to the deadline.

They also repeat John Gregory's joke about MON's indecisiveness: 'It must take him an hour and a half in the morning to get dressed. I don't know what he must be like buying players. He must be a nightmare!' Full quotes: Click Here

Guardian article in full: Click Here

Not sure I can blame MON not wanting to pick up the phone to agents!

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

Writer:J P Fear
Date:Wednesday May 28 2008
Time: 12:37PM


I don't think MON is at all indecisive, just very, very choosy and careful about who he brings onto the playing staff. And as far as I'm concerned, that's a modern manager's first concern. It is absolutely no good having brilliant, talented, world-class footballers in your dressing room if they're also disruptive. That way builds a house of straw. I'd prefer a house of bricks! :o)
28/05/2008 12:42:00
certainly got solid enough foundations now BobTheBuilder, an injection of quality is now needed and I think they'll do the business this summer.
The Fear
28/05/2008 12:44:00
Bobthebuilder is spot on he is just choosy and likes to be sure,thats not indecisive thats sensible while randy will fully back money wise there is no sense in wasteing it.
28/05/2008 12:50:00
MON is right to be careful and is to be applauded for his caution. But, and there is always a 'but', he has had two years to make up his mind on who he wants. So, a move towards the promised team building would do my piece of mind a lot of good. I don't think I can go through another transfer window anything like the last two! All we have done so far is let players go and sold one. Hey ho.
28/05/2008 13:00:00
If Plan A is too expensive then there should be a plan B, and if Plan B won't join us for whatever reason then there should be a Plan C...and so on it goes. What we shouldn't be doing is just thinking 'ah feck it, we got away without a right back/only one left back etc etc, last season so let's give it a go again eh?'. That could be a disasterous gamble too far.
28/05/2008 13:14:00
i think villa will do the business this summer but not in the way we all want. i think we can expect 1 signing like David Bentley (i hope) and 4-5 squad/young talent. we have to remeber that villa have a 5 year plan and it has gone well up to now. we also have to remeber that we cant expect world class players just yet with our record over the last decade. but at the end of the day we may be suprised come the start of the season
28/05/2008 13:19:00
Thinking about it, I seem to remember reading somewhere when MON took over that he not only looks at the player on the pitch, but their character off the pitch, and how well he thinks they'll gel with the team (sensible, and I assume all managers do this, but bear with me). Now take that philosophy and apply it to top quality players (although I don't want to tar them all with the same brush) the greater the player then the more likely they are going to be a little "prima donna-ish" and the less likely to be one of the lads. Not being critical, but the greatest in any field deserve to be allowed a little arrogance. It is much easier to build a team with comparative nobodies than it is with big names (look at the rumoured problems with Chelsea) and I think this is a major sticking point for MON when it comes to picking targets, finding players that are available, willing to come, quality, unwanted by bigger clubs, and humble enough to put the team first. Apply all those criteria, and its not surprising that its taking a long time for new blood to arrive. Waffle over.
28/05/2008 13:24:00
This is a difficult one. We all want big things and big players but on 1 hand you've got the likes of TH and newcastle who have thrown seriuosly big money at trying to achieve things and ultimately failed and on the other hand you've got everton and blackburn who have stuck to a budget and managed to hang on to the tails of the top four without actually breaking in. I think with the team we have we're in the everton/blackburn bracket but has anyone worked out how to push on from there.
Mister Mick
28/05/2008 13:36:00
We all have opinions about how many players are needed and in what positions for next season. IF we are serious about challenging for top six AND competing in the FA Carling and UEFA Cup I think we need TEN players (on the proviso we keep GB) I know that sounds a lot, but we have already lost Carson, Sorenson, Mellberg and Berger, so it is only increasing last years squad by 6. Two keepers - American lad as number 2, with either Robinson or Foster as No 1-might have to let Taylor go and bring in a young number 3---Two right backs..Carr as no 2 with either Chimbonda, Nelson or Hoyte as first choice..One centre back..Richard Dunne looks a good bet,,,One left back..Shorey, Risse or Lumb..Three midfield, two of whom can play wide right...Bentley or Milner, Gera and Sidwell..and one top quality forward..Henry (dreaming), Anelka (still dreaming) or someone I've not heard of. I THINK MON WILL BE VERY BUSY THIS SUMMER UTV
28/05/2008 13:36:00
Finally an article that someone has researched and written well!!!! I agree with all the comments and how good does it feel to know MON will approach the Chairman Direct MON: Who such and such is available? RAN: Do you really want him? MON: Yes he will be a Great signing!!!! RAN: Ok, here you go, anymore? MON: Well there is such and Such? RAN: Ok, Job done!!!! MON: Cheers RAN: Remember my door (and cheque book) is always open........ To be continued............
28/05/2008 13:44:00
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