Villa Boss Off To Euro's As A BBC Pundit
Martin O'Neill will be part of the BBC pundit team for the Euro 2008 Finals which kicks off this Saturday, sadly without England!
He explained to the official site he doesn't expect to uncover any hidden gems adding, 'I'm very cautious about signing players from the Euros or from a World Cup because it's a very different environment. Having said that, I did it a few years ago at Celtic. I signed a lad called Joos Valgaeren who was playing for Belgium at the time and impressed me. He came over and he was absolutely brilliant - really brilliant. So I suppose the only experience I have of signing a player from a tournament worked to my advantage. But it wouldn't be something that I would be too keen to do. I think you need to see a wee bit more of a player before making a decision.'
He also says he should basically know all about the players at the finals anyway as most play in the European leagues.
Strange he is off to be a pundit with such a busy summer ahead for Villa?
IanSymes has clarified this in the article comments below explaining:
Remember that the BBC coverage will be based in London this year, rather than travelling round Austria and Switzerland. So he'll still be in the country, and it's only gonna take a few hours out of his day to sit in a studio and argue with Alan Hansen.