Vital Football

Latest Aston Villa News

O'Neill Knows Who He Wants At Villa

O'Neill Knows Who He Wants At Villa

Martin O'Neill has said he is prepared to wait for the right transfer targets this summer as he looks to add quality, not just quantity.

In an interview on the official site he explained it will take time but he knows who he wants and promises they'll do things as quickly as they can.

Explaining, 'But the people we want to try and improve this club are players you can almost automatically assume are key players at other football clubs. These are people it might be difficult to prise out of their current clubs.'

He also says he knows the squad has to be improved but 'it's a fact that improving the squad gets harder as you progress. We've just finished sixth in the Premier League and I think the supporters will agree that we have progressed over the last two years. To improve on what we now have means bringing in even more quality and the competition for quality players can be fierce.'

The Villa boss also said yesterday that despite looking to bring in more players he still wants to give the Villa youngsters their chance to shine.

'I'm always keen to bring new players through if they merit that. Now as we bring in more players that's an added hurdle for the young lads but that's no bad thing. I think the idea is to have genuine competition throughout the squad. It would be nice to be able to do a bit of rotating.'

He also says he is proud of the reserves and the academy and the efforts of everyone involved including the backroom staff.

'I was lucky enough to be involved in the FA Youth Cup run and I got a great buzz out of it. The players put their heart and soul into it and with a little bit of luck could have won the competition. They bounced back to win their league and the play-offs so I'm very pleased with them. The attitude has been great and that's a credit to all the people who look after them. As for the reserves, Kevin MacDonald sometimes didn't know until the last minute what his team might be, but he just got on with it. I saw nothing but a positive attitude and approach to those games and that's not just from the youngsters but also from the senior players.'

Win FREE pizza with Vital Football!
Select your team and get 50% off if they score twice.
www.papajohns.co.uk/football



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

Writer:J P Fear
Date:Thursday June 19 2008
Time: 12:15PM

Comments

0
So no signings until the last day then?
paintnothing
19/06/2008 12:50:00
0
Makes sense to me, We all want quality players at our club. If the players are homegrown then thats even better as they have a real affinity with the supporters. Kevin MacDonald and Sid Cowans etc are doing a tremendous job behind the scenes.
scoops
19/06/2008 12:50:00
0
So no signings until the last day then?
paintnothing
19/06/2008 12:50:00
0
Makes sense to me, We all want quality players at our club. If the players are homegrown then thats even better as they have a real affinity with the supporters. Kevin MacDonald and Sid Cowans etc are doing a tremendous job behind the scenes.
scoops
19/06/2008 12:50:00
0
No Martin its not just a matter of adding quality, I would like to dream all our signings would be top 4 type players We desperatly need to fill the voids left from players leaving our small squad.
FatKev
19/06/2008 12:51:00
0
No Martin its not just a matter of adding quality, I would like to dream all our signings would be top 4 type players We desperatly need to fill the voids left from players leaving our small squad.
FatKev
19/06/2008 12:51:00
0
It's great to have the youngsters involved and gaining experience by their involvement, but we really do need some established players as well. I know that what MON says is true, but please please please get at least a couple more players in before the Inter2bob starts. Thanks MON.
romanianvillain
19/06/2008 12:58:00
0
It's great to have the youngsters involved and gaining experience by their involvement, but we really do need some established players as well. I know that what MON says is true, but please please please get at least a couple more players in before the Inter2bob starts. Thanks MON.
romanianvillain
19/06/2008 12:58:00
0
I have faith...in eircol to keep us upto date ;)
industrial_musical
19/06/2008 13:12:00
0
I have faith...in eircol to keep us upto date ;)
industrial_musical
19/06/2008 13:12:00
Page 1/3
  1. 1
  2. 2
  3. 3

Login to post a comment

Recent Aston Villa Articles

Villa To Break The Bank For McCormack?

It's being reported that Aston Villa are hugely interested in Fulham goal machine Ross McCormack.

Pearson In Limbo With Takeover

It was being being reported over the weekend that former Leicester City manager Nigel Pearson was now the favourite to take the Villa Park hotseat in the Championship next season.

Siegrist Takes Ainsworth Praise

Young goalkeeper Benjamin Siegrist had slipped off the radar lately.

Black Uses The Word Outstanding

Caretaker manager Eric Black has described the efforts of the players in the loss to Watford as outstanding.

Archived Vital Villa Articles

Vital Villa articles from

Site Journalists

J P Fear
Editor email
Profile
Mike Field
Editor email
Profile
Steve Wade
no email
Profile
Villa_Grizzly
no email
Profile
Turkish Penguin
no email
Profile
Glensider
no email
Profile
Chris Heath
no email
Profile
M Calucar
no email
Profile
JuanPablo Angel
no email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

Watford MotM
Suggested By: Site Staff
Bunn7%
Clark48%
Lescott1%
Toner2%
Hutton2%
Westwood8%
Gana1%
Bacuna2%
Cissokho1%
Ayew20%
Gestede4%
Sub - Sanchez0%
Sub - Sinclair4%
ScoopDragon Premier League Network Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
C Leicester City 36 22 11 3 77 30
2 Spurs 36 19 13 4 70 39
3 Arsenal 36 19 10 7 67 25
4 Man City 36 19 7 10 64 30
5 Man Utd 35 17 9 9 60 12
6 West Ham 35 15 14 6 59 17
7 Southampton 36 16 9 11 57 14
8 Liverpool 35 15 10 10 55 11
9 Chelsea 35 12 12 11 48 7
10 Stoke 36 13 9 14 48 -14
11 Everton 35 10 14 11 44 6
12 Watford 35 12 8 15 44 -6
13 Swansea 36 11 10 15 43 -13
14 WBA 36 10 11 15 41 -14
15 AFC Bournemouth 36 11 8 17 41 -20
16 Crystal Palace 36 10 9 17 39 -10
17 Newcastle 36 8 9 19 33 -25
18 Sunderland 35 7 11 17 32 -18
19 Norwich 35 8 7 20 31 -26
R Aston Villa 36 3 7 26 16 -45
Write for Vital Football
Latest F1 News
Hamilton in 'no doubt' he could have won in Russia
Latest Vital Boxing News
Hughie Fury Wins After Cut Stops Fight
The Vital Football Members League

Recent Aston Villa Results (view all)

Aston Villa Fixtures (view all)

May 7 2016 3:00PM : Newcastle United (H)
Barclays Premier League
May 15 2016 3:00PM : Arsenal (a)
Barclays Premier League

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.Pride of Lions61
2.kefkat39
3.The Fear24
4.Silhillvilla17
5.sirdennis17
6.col811
7.LORD RON SAUNDERS11
8.gator10
9.villasince6710
10.DeanoVilla9
Vital Football Comment