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Villans - Have Faith In Martin O'Neill

Villans - Have Faith In Martin O'Neill

It clearly is difficult to sign players, as despite the protestations of fans all over the country, managers, chairmen and board members all tell us that it is.

It's nice and easy to complain when you have the 'I hope I'm wrong' disclaimer, because you win either way, as fellow Vital poster Steff said. If you're right you can be smug about it, if not you can just gingerly get on with it and be satisfied that your miscalculations mean that the club that you support is stronger and well prepared, despite your claims that that would not be the case. Voicing a concern is one thing, but a lot here and elsewhere don't voice concern. There was (and will almost certainly be in the future) a massive defeatist section of support that was bemoaning the lack of action as if it were September the first. I expected nothing less, which is why I like to stay away, but there is still an issue there.

We all have a bit of a laugh about showing faith in our 'Messiah' and more of the same, but there is an element of truth behind it. There are powerful comparisons that could be evoked here, but even simply showing the parallels between a managers actions in the transfer market and that trust exercise where you fall backwards into another persons support will do. There is no guarantee that your partner will catch you, but once you start falling that's what you have to do. Randy Lerner started the fall when he appointed the man, and we will be perennially falling for as long as he's in charge. It shouldn't matter, because he's said on numerous occasions that he'll be there to catch us, and has proved that he will on just as many.

It is from here that my 'faith' stems, and as an extension of that, my disbelief at others lack thereof. Martin O'Neill is yet to steer us wrong. People moaned last summer and we were excellent, they moaned last January and we got 6th, they have moaned this summer and we've now signed 7 players at a cost of £30million. It's been proven that money speaks in the Premier League, will the doubters finally be hushed by this one? I'd like to think so, but if we suffer a dip of any sort, I fear we will be hearing from them again. I suppose we can only wait and see. All I will say is while there are a lot out there that are now finally satisfied, I am no more so than I was a month or two ago.

I expected nothing less, and knew I wouldn't be disappointed.


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Date:Wednesday August 13 2008
Time: 9:21AM


I`m happy to say i always had faith and never o`neill doubted for a second that he would get the players in,We have a top manager and i am still just as thrilled that martin o`neill came to villa as i was on the day he pulled up outside villa park.
13/08/2008 09:32:00
I think people have every right to question the goings on, that is what football is about, we have a bad game we all moan, we have a good game we all smile but at the end of the day, opti or pessi, we all want the best for our mighty club.
The Fear
13/08/2008 09:35:00
Nice article Carlosio, something good and uplifting to read first thing in the morning. As you said, I think a lot of the boo boys would have been silenced (for a while at least) by our last week or two of transfer activity - and with O'Neill himself saying there is more to come it can only get better. I'd be lying if I said I wasn't more than a little worried at our major lack of dealings up to the early part of this month, but MON has shown us the light - let's see if we can reach it.
13/08/2008 09:38:00
Well said Carlosio, too many moaners on these boards over the summer, comparing our spending to Spurs, or suggesting there isn't any money, or that MON can't attract players, or doesn't want to buy people in. Hopefully they'll all crawl back under their rocks now and we can get on with the season with a bit of optimism and a bit of backing. As of today, compare our preparation with those of our immediate competitors, pompey, everton, blackburn, man city and spurs, would you swap with any of them? People might say Spurs but it's looking like they'll lose Berbatov and he and Keane are not going to be easy to replace, I'm still not sure who's going to score all their goals. And they still haven't signed Arshavin or Villa or any of the names mentioned. Trust in MON and Randy, and as you say, keep the faith. UTV.
13/08/2008 09:41:00
well said carlosio. I always kept the faith with lerneravfc above and others. I just think the moaners are a bit more vocal than others. But at least they care. If only they could care in a more positive way though!
13/08/2008 09:42:00
After last summer anyone who wanted too, had the right to question the manager. 6th was good, but it could have been better. Maybe we would be preparing for a match against Standard Liege tonight. As for the "I told you so" nonsense, it works both ways, case and point - THIS ARTICLE.
13/08/2008 09:45:00
touched a nerve young jonah?
13/08/2008 09:49:00
To be fair to most people on this site people haven't been that negative. When you look at previous transfer windows, there was an obvious concern for MON's transfer activity... Over on villa blog, the mood was really dark. The majority of people were really calling for MON's head and talking him down. There is definitely a minority out there who will not be pleased no matter what.
13/08/2008 09:52:00
I agree with you there johnnyuk. I stopped reading the comments on the blog, they were just soooo depressing! It was like the end of the world on there.
13/08/2008 09:57:00
At the end of the day Villa fans are no different to fans of other clubs, the passion rises and people panic or moan when things aren't right. Due to the nature of my job on this network, I police other sites article comments as well, they are all the same up when things are good, down when they aren't. Just read an article comment on the Arsenal site for instance telling Arsene Wenger to get his cheque book out and 'you are mugging us off'.
The Fear
13/08/2008 10:01:00
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