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Martin O'Neill Not Here To Please Players

Martin O'Neill Not Here To Please Players

Martin O'Neill has explained in an interview in the
Birmingham Mail that the players are there to please him, not the other way around.

Having talked about players like Gabby (last year when deployed as a winger), Carlos Cuellar (currently at right-back) and Luke Young (currently at left-back) gaining good experience playing out of position he added:

He said when he used to be left out he would be in uproar but Brian Clough would just tell him to go and look at the video of his last game and he'd get his answer!

'Players want to play. They get disappointed if they don’t play and I am here to win football games. My job is not to please every player every minute of the day. As Sir Alex Ferguson once said: 'Their job is to please me.'

Adding, 'Do I discuss it with them? We have a quick discussion and then they realise I was right, as Brian Clough said. 'The door is always open for players, no problem.'

'We have a quick discussion and then they realise I was right' LOL. That is straight out of the Brian Clough school of management! In other words, MON picks the team and sod anyone who doesn't agree! Well, it is his head on the chopping board I guess, so fair enough!

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

Writer:J P Fear
Date:Tuesday December 9 2008
Time: 11:58AM


More proof that we have the best manager in the country for our task ahead. I don't think Sir Alex or Wenger would be as good for us from where we were to where we are now.
09/12/2008 12:11:00
I like MON's stories about times with Brian Clough especially that one, when Martin spent 4 months in reserves after he had wanted his club to match his ambition. Great stuff.
09/12/2008 12:43:00
Don't know about that, if Wenger or Fergie had come here there would be much more talk, we'd have a much higher profie and probably much higher profile players. MON is no doubt the man though and he's building us a team alright. He's special, I'd go gay for him any day of the week.
09/12/2008 12:52:00
His head on the chopping board, problem is when he does get it wrong, no one is allowed to point it out.
09/12/2008 13:02:00
Look, I love MON just as much as the next person but I think his actions speak louder than words here. I still think he has a hardcore of favourites that he his reluctant to drop sometimes to the detriment of the team. Saying that though, he does give good soundbites!
09/12/2008 14:04:00
He has kept faith with the likes of Stiliaiyain, Gabby, Carson and Reo-Coker even when they haven't been in top form. Some work out and some don't. Carson was a waste of space and cost us pointage but we would never have had the new look Stan if he hadn't persevered.
09/12/2008 16:27:00
Villan444, its a valid point but can we afford now (compared to the last two seasons) when we are chasing top4 to persevere with players not pulling their weight, i really hope MON brings in a couple of quality players in January to help us push on and give him more of a selection head ache.
09/12/2008 16:32:00
The thing is jonah, MON hasn't had the depth of talent to try out other players when our top ones were out of form. In the case of Carson, often when they lose confidence, keeping faith in them is what restores their confidence. Unfortunately, he never seemed up to the task at rediscovering that confidence at villa. Where we stand in the league is its own testament to his methods. Were it not for his persistence at playing players, I don't know that they'd have the same faith in him.
09/12/2008 18:26:00
Right attitude MON. There can only be one boss, thats how it has to be.
12/12/2008 06:14:00
You can very definitely see Brian Clough traits in our Martin. He's his own man obviously, but Mart has learned from the best.
12/12/2008 06:15:00
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