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Villa Boss Off To Euro's As A BBC Pundit

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.



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

Writer:J P Fear
Date:Wednesday June 4 2008
Time: 11:25AM

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It seems he lied to us, he said his priority was to sign us some top players this summer, obviously not. Well at least he will make a bit of money i suppose.
young_jonah
04/06/2008 11:43:00
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It seems he lied to us, he said his priority was to sign us some top players this summer, obviously not. Well at least he will make a bit of money i suppose.
young_jonah
04/06/2008 11:43:00
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i really don't think you can read much into this. Do you seriously think Randy would tolerate his manager foregoing his responibilities to the club in favour of some additional pocket money. Its not as if MON is going to be overworked with the BBC and I am quite sure he will be able to handle his duties as manager during this time.
andrew144
04/06/2008 11:51:00
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i really don't think you can read much into this. Do you seriously think Randy would tolerate his manager foregoing his responibilities to the club in favour of some additional pocket money. Its not as if MON is going to be overworked with the BBC and I am quite sure he will be able to handle his duties as manager during this time.
andrew144
04/06/2008 11:51:00
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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.
IanSymes
04/06/2008 11:57:00
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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.
IanSymes
04/06/2008 11:57:00
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Adding to IanSymes comment, Iwould think he has also drawn up a list of players he would like to attract to our great club. So I wouldn't think it will detract from his duties as manager of Villa.
gappy65
04/06/2008 12:11:00
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Adding to IanSymes comment, Iwould think he has also drawn up a list of players he would like to attract to our great club. So I wouldn't think it will detract from his duties as manager of Villa.
gappy65
04/06/2008 12:11:00
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Calm down YJ this sounds promising he knows of all the players playing in the Euros anyway... so hes saying im not chasing my targets based on form over 1 month its what i knew about them already... hence he's done some homework, bit gutted to see his only find from a Euro world cup etc was some belgian random player though and salifou... shame lichtenstein aint playing...
shortshadyuk
04/06/2008 12:15:00
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Calm down YJ this sounds promising he knows of all the players playing in the Euros anyway... so hes saying im not chasing my targets based on form over 1 month its what i knew about them already... hence he's done some homework, bit gutted to see his only find from a Euro world cup etc was some belgian random player though and salifou... shame lichtenstein aint playing...
shortshadyuk
04/06/2008 12:15:00
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