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Top Four Not An Impossible Dream

Martin O'Neill says that it is possible for other clubs to break into the top four despite the near stranglehold the current big boys Manchester United, Chelsea, Liverpool and Arsenal have on the league. Bloody hell, I hope so, the league is becoming so boring, as are the cup competitions! Football is killing itself with predictability at the moment with only Everton being able to get a look in with the top four during the last three seasons.

O'Neill told the Daily Mail: 'Look, it can be done. It's not impossible. If we had that attitude, we might as well all give up. You have to think it out, though. Everton broke the mould one season, but didn't sustain it, possibly because their squad was not big enough. I think Tottenham - forget the result last week - have put together a really decent squad. They so nearly got there last season. They went into their last game with a chance.'

'The point you're asking me is: can it be done on a consistent basis? But for us here, we need to do it once and then make sure we blooming do it again. We might have to box clever, be a wee bit cute about it. So might everyone else. Everton, Tottenham, Bolton, Portsmouth - we are all trying like mad. And it will happen.'

'This year? I don't know, but I believe one day soon.'


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Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday February 8 2007

Time: 2:06PM

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Unfortunately with the likes of Liverpool also become a rich man's fad, with pots of gold to spend it will become increasingly difficult for anyone. I guess he means by being a bit cute is that somebody will do a hit on Arsene Wenger, as he is the only person capable of keeping us up there with our limited budget.
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08/02/2007 14:20:00

What's more Likely, I think, is that we'll be talking about a 'top-6' again - six teams (Villa included) who'll be going hammer and tongues.
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08/02/2007 14:37:00

Southaman is there no one on your own site with literary skills to compete with you? You are a very intelligent kinda child. That is why you are on the site of the worlds greatest football club. Thank you for the entertainment. Now go and ask your parent if you are allowed to send another message. To other users, see what happens when schools are snowed off for the day ...... they come on here amusing the adults.
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08/02/2007 15:05:00

I find it rather ironic that he is concerned about catching whatever is making the_lergy "talk such pap". What is the term about locking the stable door after the horse has bolted, and why is it so relevent?
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08/02/2007 15:14:00

Southaman, if you want banning from the whole network, keep posting here. The idea of the article comments is not to be a total knob and to just abuse other members. Grow up or feck orf, either way will suit me.
The Fear
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08/02/2007 15:47:00

What i dont get it? Who is Southaman?
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08/02/2007 16:02:00

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08/02/2007 16:05:00

Someone I've deleted the comments of monkey, won't put up with stupidity here, apart from my own obviously!
The Fear
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08/02/2007 16:23:00

Good one voth! When refs start playing fair with their choices of penalties at manure and other favoured places, we might stand a chance. We have to start converting some of the super chances we have been making. Anything is possible. UTV.
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08/02/2007 16:24:00

Thank you, Mr Fear, for getting rid of that knob.
The Usual Suspect
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08/02/2007 16:58:00

IMHO top 10 this season and top six next.........
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08/02/2007 18:05:00

Just a thought.... If lots of teams get taken over by very rich americans/russians , the premiership will become one of the most competitive leagues in the world . It wont be the same top four every year which i think will be fantastic ! Tv money will rise hence all these takeovers at the moment . This may be the reason why Randy will not rename Villa Park !
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08/02/2007 19:00:00

The key though is can it be done on a CONSISTENT basis?
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08/02/2007 20:36:00

Positivity. Dont you just love it? We hear it from the owner himself, Mr Lerner, from MON, from the players (including one who has only just arrived here on loan), and from the very vast majority of the supporters. The feel-good factor is very much alive and well, living and breathing here at B6. Of course we can break into the top four, if not we'll ensure they create the top five!!
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09/02/2007 01:59:00

Does anyone know if the winner of Carling Cup gets a UEFA cup place? (Arse & C'ski in CL). I take it that if they do it goes to the Premiership. Right??
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09/02/2007 10:31:00

Well done Mr Fear on getting rid of southaman. I think VOTH had him in his pocket though. Way to go VOTH.
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09/02/2007 12:44:00

I personally dont want to put any pressure on league placing, for me its all about continuous improvement and heading in the right direction. (which is now happening thank u randy and martin). Im happy to wait as long as it takes to see champs league. Happy happy days.
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09/02/2007 13:12:00

Inter Toto This year - UEFA Cup Next Year - CL the following. We will then have 2 years experience in Europe, and time to build a squad. If we bring in too many players too soon we could ruin any balance and undertsanding the team already have. This gives us time to go about it gradually.
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09/02/2007 13:50:00

Cheers UTV. It was no contest though. Man against child!!!!
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09/02/2007 14:49:00

VOTH - You are an absolute legend mate
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09/02/2007 15:57:00

Steady on monkey man. His head is big enough already :o)
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09/02/2007 20:36:00

Petrov & Maloney both score..... ..... little Maloney vid... ...
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09/02/2007 21:04:00

Does anybody else reckon Vanpablo get paid everytime these videos are viewed? He's always plugging them. How does YouTube work? Sure he gets something!!!
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10/02/2007 10:42:00

Top 4 not an impossible dream? If it wasn't before, it is now...
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11/02/2007 18:58:00

The top four will in all probability remain as is for a few more seasons at least, its down to the likes of ourselves and a.n. other to create a top six. I definitely believe that that is a realistic possibility for ourselves, but I temper my optimism with the fact that twenty years plus of stagnation and decline aren't going to be erased overnight. Its going to have to be achieved through a steady process of rebulding.
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