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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.




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The Journalist

Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday June 4 2008

Time: 11:25AM

Your Comments

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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
10 on if he bumps into robbie williams he bites his nose of haha
aaron_villa87
10 on if he bumps into robbie williams he bites his nose of haha
aaron_villa87
very useful clarification there IanSymes, makes the situation far more understandable. Will add that to the article.
The Fear
very useful clarification there IanSymes, makes the situation far more understandable. Will add that to the article.
The Fear
Can I ask where you got the information that the BBC coverage is based in London please ?
notthedougellisstand
Can I ask where you got the information that the BBC coverage is based in London please ?
notthedougellisstand
The BBC pundits were based in London for the friendly in the Caribbean, just want to clarify that there's been no confusion, as it would be very unusual for the British coverage not to be shot on location for a major tournament, whether we're in it or not?
Villan-in-Cyprus
The BBC pundits were based in London for the friendly in the Caribbean, just want to clarify that there's been no confusion, as it would be very unusual for the British coverage not to be shot on location for a major tournament, whether we're in it or not?
Villan-in-Cyprus
what is the stuff on Robbie Williams? What did I miss?!?
The Fear
what is the stuff on Robbie Williams? What did I miss?!?
The Fear
well he might as well be a pundit since he aint doin much else by the looks of it, at least hell be watching players
Astonian Villan
ill take that aaron-villa87
Astonian Villan
well he might as well be a pundit since he aint doin much else by the looks of it, at least hell be watching players
Astonian Villan
ill take that aaron-villa87
Astonian Villan
Well remember Mick McArthy last time? Oh my god how dull and boring could you get!
leelindsay
Well remember Mick McArthy last time? Oh my god how dull and boring could you get!
leelindsay
O'neill is the best pundit, hopefully he'll like the look of somebody like schweinsteiger whilst being the pundit
industrial_musical
O'neill is the best pundit, hopefully he'll like the look of somebody like schweinsteiger whilst being the pundit
industrial_musical
He's gone on record to say he wont be signing anyone as a result of the Euros as it gives false picture. So, no value for us then and only a distraction!
Gazvilla
He's gone on record to say he wont be signing anyone as a result of the Euros as it gives false picture. So, no value for us then and only a distraction!
Gazvilla
pft... If he had his eye on a player and then he was a pundit for a game and that player excelled, surely anybody in his position would take notice?
industrial_musical
pft... If he had his eye on a player and then he was a pundit for a game and that player excelled, surely anybody in his position would take notice?
industrial_musical
McCarthy turns people into manic depressives, Linekar just tries to make jokes, Hansen hates the English, Wrighty goes mad about anything English and MON just seems mad RE: that rant about how useless Ibrahimovic is and his constant arguing with the other pundits. Glad England aren't there and can't see why MON is due to this.
Villan444
McCarthy turns people into manic depressives, Linekar just tries to make jokes, Hansen hates the English, Wrighty goes mad about anything English and MON just seems mad RE: that rant about how useless Ibrahimovic is and his constant arguing with the other pundits. Glad England aren't there and can't see why MON is due to this.
Villan444
I do like to listen to O'Neill on the TV. He does try is best to wind up Hansen.
dazza71
I do like to listen to O'Neill on the TV. He does try is best to wind up Hansen.
dazza71
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aEcPlgi2s-w
avfchris
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aEcPlgi2s-w
avfchris
It doesn't matter MON being at the Euros. We won't sign anyone until 31 August anyway!
paintnothing
It doesn't matter MON being at the Euros. We won't sign anyone until 31 August anyway!
paintnothing
What he doe's in his own time is his business. He cant be at Villa beck and call every hour of every day. Hopefully he will spot a few Villa stars of the future and bring them to us before the Inter toto.
col8
What he doe's in his own time is his business. He cant be at Villa beck and call every hour of every day. Hopefully he will spot a few Villa stars of the future and bring them to us before the Inter toto.
col8
Col8, I love you mate, but its that sort of attitude that will cost us, 19 Premiership manager are concentrating solely on improving their squad, one (Villas) manager is spending the summer watching footy matches, that he has already said will be of no benefit to us. If anyone thinks he is only doing 2 hours work on the match days during Euro 2008, then they need a reality check, he will be there alot longer before the filming and some time after. Say if he does 14 games thats 2 weeks of work that is none Villa related, he had the whole summer last year and failed in the market, what makes us think he will do it this summer, if he is putting the BBC first during the Euros?
young_jonah
Col8, I love you mate, but its that sort of attitude that will cost us, 19 Premiership manager are concentrating solely on improving their squad, one (Villas) manager is spending the summer watching footy matches, that he has already said will be of no benefit to us. If anyone thinks he is only doing 2 hours work on the match days during Euro 2008, then they need a reality check, he will be there alot longer before the filming and some time after. Say if he does 14 games thats 2 weeks of work that is none Villa related, he had the whole summer last year and failed in the market, what makes us think he will do it this summer, if he is putting the BBC first during the Euros?
young_jonah
At least he knows what he's on about, unlike most of the talking heads who merely seem to have the knack of stating the blatantly obvious.
glensider
At least he knows what he's on about, unlike most of the talking heads who merely seem to have the knack of stating the blatantly obvious.
glensider
Why the whinging?! You lot are as bad as Maloney! He's watching a few football matches over a couple of weeks - chill out! MO'N is one of the best pundits, the BBC use over the summer tournaments, so feel proud, our manager has been selected and not some dimwit like say, Steve Bruce or Paul Jewell!
Tierney
Why the whinging?! You lot are as bad as Maloney! He's watching a few football matches over a couple of weeks - chill out! MO'N is one of the best pundits, the BBC use over the summer tournaments, so feel proud, our manager has been selected and not some dimwit like say, Steve Bruce or Paul Jewell!
Tierney
 

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