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Sidwell Believes The Villa Vision

Steve Sidwell has admitted that he joined the Villa because he believed in the Claret and Blue vision of our manager and chairman.

Speaking to the official site, he said:

'Having spoken to the manager and the chairman and listening to their views on the future, I am sure they want to push the club forward and we all collectively want to break into that top four category.

'I can't wait to work with Martin O'Neill. Everyone in football speaks very highly of him. His reputation goes before him.

'When I sat down with him, he was fantastically enthusiastic. He wants to drive the club forward and that's an exciting prospect.

'The manager is getting young, hungry players who want to push the club on and he is mixing them with experienced stars. He has a good blend and hopefully I am one of many additions this summer.'

You'd have liked to have been a fly on that wall wouldn't you. Just how enthusiastic can O'Neill be about our future??

Sidwell also commented that he was pleased and impressed with what seems to be a policy of buying young home-grown talent.

'We've got some fantastic English lads in the squad. Fabio Capello was here last season watching a few games and casting his eye over certain players.

'That just goes to show the talent we have here and a few of the lads broke in and got international recognition. That says a lot about the quality of the squad.'

Martin O'Neill was obviously delighted at securing the services of Sidwell.

'Steve actually played for Reading in my first match at Villa Park. You always take note of players who do well against you and he stuck in my mind.

'However, I was less happy to see him do well again when we played at Reading that same season. He scored the second goal against us that day. But, again, the quality of his performance stayed with me. It was shortly after that he earned his move to Chelsea. Now, for whatever reason, it did not work out for him at Stamford Bridge. It's not my job to go into that, really.

'However, he is of the right age, and I believe the right quality, to take Aston Villa forward. He remains hungry to do well and to prove himself and I'm delighted to have him with us.'

On the subject of Chelsea, Sidwell believes he would have regretted not going there more than the fact it didn't work out.

'It was short and sweet at Chelsea. It was a great experience and I wouldn't have changed it for the world.

'I said to myself when the offer came in that I would rather go there and fail than not go there and say 'I could have played for Chelsea.'

'I did it - it didn't work out - and it is time to move on. Hopefully I can bring my experience and my improvements as a player to Villa Park and drive us on.

'I was in the company of some of the best players in the world and came on as a player - and I think that will benefit Villa. Now, as one door shuts, another one opens and I'm sure coming to Villa Park will be a good move for Steve Sidwell.

'It's going to be tough. I am not coming here with a guaranteed starting spot. I am here to fight for my place.

'We have a lot of good players. Healthy competition drives footballers on. It will push me on to perform and make me play better. Playing well means the team does well and that means three points.'




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The Journalist

Writer: Mike Field Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday July 10 2008

Time: 4:55PM

Your Comments

So do i steve.
villakieran
The future's bright, the future's ORANGE :)
Villan-in-Cyprus
So basically he is saying he's even better now than when he caught MON's eye playing for Reading. It's all good!
Jon.H
Interesting to see that Randy was involved.
Gordonsleftboot
He talks about himself in the 3rd person- some of our players are gas characters!
stpaulmcgrath
Good luck to him - I think he'll be a good player for you.
The_Legend_Of_Zola
MON once again shows that he won't bow to pressure for new faces and will show sniper like patience to get the right quality into the team. I do hope that more follow. Bentley Young, Sidwell, Reo Coker, Gabby and Carew would be an awesome attacking line up with petrov acting as central cover
UTV
" I am not coming here with a guaranteed starting spot. I am here to fight for my place". Just what MON and us fans want to hear. No excuses from MON about him not having a pre-season aswell. Looks good, hope we don't rest on our laurels.
Villan444
Everybody believes the 'Villa Vision', except a certain Barry chappie. Welcome aboard Steve.
glensider
Interesting comment Gordonsleftboot. You know, I'm glad that Randy does get involved whenever possible. Whereas I used to cringe knowing Ellis was involved in transfer dealings, Randy I think would paint a far more positive, healthy image of the club.
glensider
I suspect Randy has more Involvement than we know. I am sure he works tirelessly in the background.
col8
good luck Steve from all at Vital Chelsea!
merlin
I suppose if randy takes the time to have a chat and sell the club to you it makes you feel really wanted,Add that too o`neills obvious talent for convinceing players to join and we won`t go far wrong.
villakieran
I was very impressed with his interview. More than glad to have him. Welcome aboard Stevie.
los_angeles_villan
Good signing.
Tiny T
Great signing. Is no-one else slightly perplexed though that we have only signed him on a 3 year contract? This means his deal will have to be re-negotiated next summer [general wisdom is to re-sign when two years left as their transfer value drops when only one year left and you risk them seeing out their contract and leaving for on a free]. Is this what Sidwell wants? MON must have longer term faith surely?
AVGD
Maybe the three yeardeal is on the basis that we will probably renegotiate a lot of player contracts next summer once we have qualified for the Champs League? :-) Good signing though, very happy. Hope we add a few more signings of the same/better quality soon. UTV!!!
splatt
i think this is a good signing, although the lack of football last season might go against him.
wimp2k7
He hasnt played for a year, as we know MON is a very cautious chap this is probably why is 3 years instead of 4...maybe?!
Tez86
take a look in the papers. contracts dont mean jack siht!!
bobbyfett
 

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