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Players Back and Now For Some Signings

Players Back and Now For Some Signings

Martin O'Neill welcomed the players back to Bodymoor Heath yesterday and promised the signings would soon come.

Speaking to the players and outlining his vision for the season, as well as no doubt covering the Barry debacle, O'Neill was upbeat and promised the players he would 'bring in the reinforcements needed to help (them) next season.'

Villa are currently 3-4 players down on last seasons number, so it's imperative O'Neill brings in not only quality but numbers this season.

We did get lucky in the last campaign with injuries and suspensions, we can't run that risk again especially with a European offering on the cards.

Speaking on the official site, O'Neill said:

'We're hoping to try to add to the squad. The players did fantastically last season but we had the smallest squad in the Premier League and we wouldn't want that to happen this season so we're going to address it.

'If Gareth had decided to stay we were still going to address it. Now it's even more important to do it than ever.

'It's the time for anticipation now. Players are back for pre-season training and with the European Championships out of the way it's obviously all systems go for everyone.'

In obviously what is a throwback to the Barry situation, he continued:

'That's not to say that people weren't busy during the summertime. I went out and did some games for the BBC. I was working there for two or three days in the week then coming back and working here.

'So it was not as if I spent three weeks out in Austria - not that I should have to explain myself to anyone other than one person at this football club.'

A veiled dig, not so veiled at Barry's claims?

'Naturally it's an interesting time for us. We've got competitive football very early on in the season - namely the Intertoto Cup.

'My normal build-up would be a wee bit more leisurely, getting players into it and building into it. But here we have to try and get into competitive mode very early on.

'We're not back much earlier than a lot of other clubs. If we'd not had the Intertoto Cup we'd have come back early next week.

'Now we've got to get ourselves together, get our preparation ready for the 19 and the 26th of the month. We'll have a couple of days this week and then we're heading off the Switzerland next Tuesday.

'We've managed to fit in another game next Thursday night - against Moustapha's old team FC Wil. Then we've got Zurich on the Saturday night. It's all about gearing up to the Intertoto matches.'

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

Writer:Mike Field
Date:Friday July 4 2008
Time: 3:28PM


Nice to hear that "we're hoping to add to the squad".
04/07/2008 15:33:00
Lets just hope he doesnt spot most of his buys when touring switzerland, the standard there is appalling
04/07/2008 15:40:00
Does anyone think MON willl sign the 8/9 quality players that will be needed to play a potential 50-60 games next season? He'll probably take a gamble again and only sign 4/5 players but I trust his judgement.
04/07/2008 15:44:00
Hope Barry goes soon as this is dragging and i believe we wont start spending big until he gone. We then should the money we get for Barry and buy David Bently.
04/07/2008 15:53:00
Why would Bentley want to come & play for a team that sells it's best players? We'll get the player that has to make way for Bentley's arrival. In other words cast offs.
04/07/2008 16:08:00
Nice to hear your positive outlook? a little support for our great manager would be nice now and again... he wont let us down..
04/07/2008 16:16:00
Jinksy remember villa didnt want to sell Barry it is he who is adament he wants to leave. So no matter what villa say or do he wants to leave so you have to sell him as its no good keeping a player who doesnt want to play.
04/07/2008 16:35:00
I don't think Barry going will effect players coming to av as he, his agent and that chubby spanaird have engineered the move. I think that standing up to them will be seen as a positive. Possibly this saga has helped take the pressure off MON as usually I and many others start to worry that he doesn't do enough to attract big players to the club. Truth is, if we don't sign people in next 72hrs the pressure will be back on big time as we leave for switzerland and edge nearer to the inter toto.
Mister Mick
04/07/2008 16:41:00
Kentvilla i agree but the facts are we are slling our best player & top players don't come to teams that do that. So we have no chance getting Bentley. In my oppinion MON should have said Barry is not for sale full stop & made him get on with it. No that is sending out a positive message & not letting Liverpool come & pee on our roses.
04/07/2008 16:42:00
MON has said many times GB wasn't for sale. That's why things got messy. 3 people namely, GB, his agent and the chubby spanaird didn't get their own way so they threw their dummy's out the pram.
Mister Mick
04/07/2008 16:49:00
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