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Villa Boss Happy With Randy Lerner's Backing

Villa Boss Happy With Randy Lerner's Backing

Martin O'Neill has confirmed what some of us have been banging on about for months. Randy Lerner is giving his manager full backing in the transfer market.

There were a few doubts growing amongst fans with a split over whether it was Martin O'Neill not making signings or Randy Lerner not having the money!

MON has said before that he only wants to bring in the players he wants, that he won't spend for the sake of it and that he has the full backing of the Villa owner, but doubts grew after a tame transfer window last summer, a non event last January and a slow start this summer.

Villa aren't far off spending £50million this summer now and there are links to more on the way, including West Ham striker Dean Ashton and Martin O'Neill told the post he is happy to be spending money for the first time in his career!
"The chairman has said I have earned the right to spend that money and he has always said he would back me, something I have never doubted for one minute. Many clubs spent far more than us last season and didn`t do nearly as well. In terms of increased expectations, I don`t think [the spending] makes a jot of a difference - absolutely not.'

Adding, "There was pressure on us to achieve last season and I am delighted that for first time ever I have actually spent some money. I didn`t want to die not knowing what that luxury was like. I couldn`t do it at Leicester because we never had the money. At Celtic I spent £6 million on Chris Sutton which was the same fee we recouped for Mark Viduka, who wanted to leave. But that was at the same time as Rangers were spending £12 million on Tore Andre Flo and had some wonderful players so we had to try and compete in some aspects. I am not a kid in a sweet shop - but this is an opportunity for us to move forward and I am delighted the chairman has given me his full support."

So there you go, Martin O'Neill is a happy bunny, now lets beat Liverpool at the weekend and push ourselves up for a challenge on the top four!

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Writer:J P Fear
Date:Saturday August 30 2008
Time: 11:45AM

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simple as - two top blokes !
30/08/2008 13:11:00
Although i was told i had "swallowed the pr" and it was "back to the ellis era"just a few weeks ago i never doubted randy lerner.
30/08/2008 14:20:00
Those doubters will always be around and looking for something to pick at Lerner.
30/08/2008 14:35:00
Couldnt be more pleased with Randy. Hicks and Gillett could 'Lern' a thing or two from him!
30/08/2008 15:42:00
What a pleasure it is to see all things positive within the VP set up. All in place now onwards and upwards.
30/08/2008 16:21:00
Could things seriously be better??? O.K. We could have an Abramovich, but he never gets on with his managers and they never sing from the same hymn sheet. Lerner and MON are legends already.
30/08/2008 19:49:00
Happy times ahead:) I don't think we should slate the doubters, the pickers, the wingers and moaners. At the end of the day it's football, and football is controversial. We'll never all agree on everything and football is all about opinions right? Hence this site! We should remember that those more pesimistic amongst us are still Villa Fans through and through, still pay their money and still support the club. Infact it's sometimes these people who pressure the club into acting! But hey, we're now truly on the up so maybe we won't hear as much of it.
30/08/2008 22:06:00
ultimately it is working because they are nice people. randy is one of those rare satisfied and friendly super-rich people, and MON is impossible to dislike unless you are a bias and blind, fat and selfish fat spanish waiter, with a stupid beard.
31/08/2008 00:59:00
Randy has certainly come through, proving to everyman and his dog that he's not prepared to see the Villa remain as perennial also-rans. Top Man!
01/09/2008 14:51:00
Its not just on the financial side of things that has seen Randy come through. There's now harmony at the club, amongst the board, MON and his staff, the supporters, something there never was during the Ellis years. There always appeared to be discontent eating away at the club for one reason or another.
01/09/2008 14:56:00
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