UK time is: 18:34:19
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

O'Neill's Pride In Gabby

Martin O'Neill was chuffed to bits when he saw Gabby walk onto the pitch to make his Senior England Debut and he believes the achievement is the result of two years hard work.

We all know O'Neill isn't a fan of international friendlies, and as a manager he isn't alone, the difference is Villa players when it comes to England, are just injured less.

Speaking on the official site O'Neill made the distinction between the perception of friendlies from the standpoint of the manager and the player, and picked up on the point above...he won't stop players from representing their Countries if they want to.

'I sometimes have a bit of a joke about international matches. The point I try to make, from a club viewpoint, is I think these international matches coming up before Christmas are a bit of an intrusion.

'However, I am looking at it from my viewpoint as a club manager. If you were to look at it from a player's viewpoint like Gareth or Gabby, they want to play.

'We don't stop them from playing in these matches. Other managers do stop their players. I complain but don't stop them while other managers don't complain but do stop them.

'It was a great feeling for Gabby to get on the field for England.

'It is the culmination of two years of really, really hard work. And I think that is the lovely thing.

'Do I take enormous pride from Gabby lining up for his senior international debut? Absolutely! That is great. It truly is great.

'I thought Gabby did very well. I was hoping he would have lashed in a hat-trick by half-time and then he could have come off before the break to generous applause.

'Joking aside, I couldn't be more delighted for him.

'But can you imagine Arsene Wenger at the moment? He must be really, really disappointed to see Theo Walcott go over for a training session and now have him out for three months.

'That is very disappointing and I can totally see that angle. Anyone who can't see that managerial viewpoint must be crazy.

'However, getting back to the playing aspect, it is great. I was a player myself and I loved playing international football.

'There was great camaraderie and it was fantastic to go away and participate in the games.'




Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!



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

The Journalist

Writer: Mike Field Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday November 20 2008

Time: 6:11PM

Your Comments

mmm well done gabmeister. how much y'reckon he is worth nowerdays? 20mil?
ric112
h looked great alongside defoe... you want to swap him for crouch? ;-)
pompeycarpet
What about Ashley Mr O'Neill? Or is he not your favourite.
murph
Gabby looked a natural. He's definitely international quality, something I wasn't sure about 2 years ago. Well done Gabby. Keep it up.
HeathfieldRoad1874
Wenger is chuffed to have Walcott injured on duty for England. He will get a couple of mil for his abscence, they need the money.
Villan444
I thought Gabby did really well and given a better chance I think he would have scored. When he did take that one shot, quite wide right of the goal, there was noise in my house that I haven't heard for a long while. But I thought Ash, although he didn't really get possesion of the ball very much, didn't do enough. There were times when he was very close to the German with the ball and I was thinking, go on, show you want it, chase it no matter how lost the cause is. He didn't chase anything, didn't look like he really wanted the ball and I was very disappointed with him. These lads need to be letting Capello know that they will do anything and everything for the shirt, Ashley especially, we all know he's not highly rated by the coach otherwise he would have come on earlyer for Downing which is what I would have done. Next chance he gets he needs to sweat p!ss for the team otherwise he's never going to get a start.
PTP
well done to him......he played well.......hope he gets more chances...
lincolnblue
I think we were all mighty proud Mart. Quite a progression for the lad, since the day he made his first team debut in that shambles of a performance at Goodison Park.
glensider
Hopefully his performance over in Germany will somewhat silence his detractors, and he's had a few on here these past few months. Some of his critics claim that he's lazy. What would they have made of one Gary Shaw? Its laughable really.
glensider
Different game back then though Glensider.....it's amazing actually when you look back at some of those older games to see just how slow everything seems compared to the cut and thrust of today's game. Looks like 20 outfiled Andy Reid's just jogging about a bit for 90 mins! Same thing with the Rugby - amazing what a touch of professionalism does for the game!
YatesyVillain
 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Aston Villa Articles

Delph Out Until The New Year (Saturday October 25 2014)

Lambert Looking For QPR Response (Friday October 24 2014)

QPR Injury Update (Friday October 24 2014)

The Villa Times - 24/10/2014 (Friday October 24 2014)

Lambert - Time To Change Our Focus (Thursday October 23 2014)

Vlaar Wants A Return To Winning Ways (Thursday October 23 2014)

Drennan Returns - So Time For A Round Up (Wednesday October 22 2014)

Okore Not Ready For Premiership Action (Tuesday October 21 2014)

Archived Aston Villa Articles

List All Vital Villa Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll

Vital Members League (view all)

1. Pride of Lions 742
2. The Fear 707
3. ClivetheVillan 587
4. thefacehead 482
5. HeathfieldRoad1874 240
6. sirdennis 230
7. kefkat 220
8. Villan Of The North 159
9. Clubpaver 143
10. DeanoVilla 142

League Results (view all)

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
10. Spurs 8 3 2 3 -1 11
11. Stoke 9 3 2 4 -2 11
12. WBA 9 2 4 3 -1 10
13. Aston Villa 8 3 1 4 -8 10
14. Everton 8 2 3 3 0 9
15. Leicester City 8 2 3 3 -2 9
16. Crystal Palace 9 2 3 4 -3 9

Breaking League News

Sunderland : 25/10/2014 17:31:00
Crystal Palace : 25/10/2014 17:06:00
WBA : 25/10/2014 17:01:00
Southampton : 25/10/2014 16:55:00
Hull City : 25/10/2014 16:51:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Villa v QPR (away) will:
Suggested By:  Mystic Mug
Win - whoop! 39%
Lose - we go again! 43%
Draw - meh! 18%