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O'Dearme O'Leary Sorry Villa Didn't Work Out

Oh dear me, David O'Leary has said he wishes he was still at Villa. We don't David, trust me, we really don't!

He said in the Birmingham Mail:

'It’s interesting for me to sit and watch Villa signing these players now. We were so close to getting Sidwell and we had the chance to sign Scott Carson for £800,000, now Liverpool value him at £10million. But despite what happened I still have some good memories of my time at Villa. I felt that there was a lot of potential there and I always hoped I would be the lucky one to take Villa back among the top clubs.'

Adding, that he wishes Martin O'Neill luck and says Villa are in good hands.

He also claims 'there are still Villa fans who thank me for what I did there. It just didn’t work out. I would hope to get back into football if the right job comes along but I’m still sorry it didn’t happen for me at Villa.'

I must admit his first season showed promise and he was working under the latter day Ellis era where there were major problems AND in the following seasons his sides were plagued with injuries, all that aside, he was just so unlikeable and played the politics so poorly that he put the majority (I think anyway?) of fans noses out of joint. Not sure there are many with any fondness for him and his ramblings about fickle fans and comments following our humiliating cup exits. Obviously you also have to look at the rumours that he left a second (following Leeds) split dressing room with all the talk of the mutiny of players going to Doug about the manager which led to his departure.

Hmmm, interesting, can't say I miss the 'honest bunch of lads' rubbish but I would say - as he showed at Leeds - he'd have loved spending some of Randy's money!

Still say without Barry in O'Leary's final season we'd have been relegated, that is why I can never feel ill will towards our skipper, whether he moves or stays, he was at times the only player on the pitch in those days and if he'd disappeared like the others, we'd have been down.

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Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday June 27 2008

Time: 12:33PM

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it was O'Dreary's lack of motivational skills that upset me. Villa had no fire under his management, and i think that's the reason no other club wants to take him on. Nice enough fella, but not a premiership manager.
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27/06/2008 12:38:00

I must admit I was never able to display the same level of hostility toward O'Deary as the rest of the VV membership. Don't get me wrong though, I'm quite happy to see him reminicising and not actually preparing us for the new season in who knows what division.
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27/06/2008 12:44:00

Some of his signings were pretty astute, Sorensen and McCann played their part, but if you look at some of the others, the Djemba twins and Baros for example, absolute shockers.
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27/06/2008 12:47:00

Somethings been bothering me for a couple of days now. Normally I would'nt class myself as a dirty little grass but I saw Richard Fairbrass from Right Said Fred impersonating The Fear on Sky Sports on wednesday night. I thought you should know.
Mister Mick
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27/06/2008 12:52:00

I would love to have him back in football, his excuses are very funny. Dont miss the guy though. And as for Barry, if he stays it will take 3 good performances and he will be back in favour with the fans, we are fickle after all.
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27/06/2008 12:54:00

it's because of O'Dreary that I haven't filled in the interview with fans questionaire. My highest point was watching us win the European Cup back in the days when it really was for champions but the flip side would be the cup defeats we suffered under O'Dreary. I still can't think about it. That was the lowest I've ever felt as a villa fan. Thanks a lot you P***k!!!
Mister Mick
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27/06/2008 12:59:00

sugar bags.
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27/06/2008 12:59:00

Didn't rate DOL at leeds, didn't think he was right for villa when he arrived. Wasn't impressed by him "guiding" us to 6th in his first season and was the happiest man alive when he left us... That said, i agree that some of his signings were ok, our current incumbent could perhaps take a little love for the coins on a bit more for my liking.
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27/06/2008 13:05:00

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27/06/2008 13:18:00

he says he could have got a few decent players on the cheap, but he also wanted turd players from Leeds like Eirik Bakke... he might as well give the flip side too
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27/06/2008 13:32:00

Cheers for posting that simonbigron! I missed that on the tv. MON is quality, i love his approach to interviews and shows how smart he is.
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27/06/2008 13:45:00

well said young_jonah. Once the fans know Barry is staying opinions will quickly turn back in his favour. He's been here a long time and whatever anyone says I reckon most of us are just waiting for an excuse to start loving him again. Forgive and forget happens very quickly in football. almost as quickly as he changed from hero to villan.
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27/06/2008 15:52:00

After the disaster of Pumpkin Taylor, O'Leary seemed like a decent appointment. But I agree with Mister Mick - some of the football played at VP in O'Leary's final season was the worst I've ever experienced. Watching us scrape a 0-0 draw at home to the Baggies was the lowpoint of my footy-watching life. Took a hot girlfriend to that particular match...needless to say the relationship ended soon afterwards. Cheers, Dave!
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27/06/2008 18:34:00

I think that the very fact that he hasn't got back into the game says it all. Maybe at a different time, under different and better circumstances, O'Leary may have left his mark at B6, but all too often he left me with the impression that he quite simply didn't want to be here.
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27/06/2008 23:10:00

Love to know though what role he played in the infamous 'letter' incident, that was without a doubt, the beginning of the end for Ellis.
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27/06/2008 23:12:00

I pity the next club he rapes...
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28/06/2008 09:29:00


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