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Andy Gray Put Back In His Box

Andy Gray Put Back In His Box

Great, I love a good row in the press!

Martin O'Neill has slated Andy Gray's criticism of him saying his arguments 'don't stack up'.

Lets face it, those that can do, manage, those that can't talk total shite on Sky.

Andy Gray said, as we covered some weeks back: 'This Villa side is O'Neill's team, littered with players that he has brought in since taking the reins at the start of the season.'

O'Neill has now answered, albeit late, saying:

'I'm not saying I'm looking for five years to turn this club around, but there's no such thing as patience today. It doesn't exist in life and it certainly doesn't exist in football. I don't mind criticism if your argument stacks up. He mentioned the squad here is 'littered' with my own signings. The argument is simply not true. This sounds like mitigation but it's true, we signed one player in August who was the only change to the team from last season, and we lost James Milner as well.'

'We signed Chris Sutton outside the transfer window and he did OK, we didn't get much from Didier Agathe on a four-month contract. Those signings were keeping us alive until January and then we signed three players, one of which (Shaun Maloney) was signed too late to play in January because he was signed on the very last day. We got John Carew in a swap deal which we're pretty pleased and Ashley Young who will come good - absolutely no question of that.'

'Shaun Maloney has played twice, John Carew had played five times before the Liverpool match. So to turn around and say we're littered with my signings is simply not true. He also said if we'd lost to Liverpool, then that was two on the trot, well we didn't lose to Liverpool. He said if we hadn't got results early on, we'd be struggling - but we did get results early on.'

Like it! FIGHT, FIGHT, FIGHT! O'Neill added: 'It's like saying if Manchester United hadn't have won the first 12 games of the season for example, then look where they'd have been. If you use a peripheral argument as the backbone of your argument, then you look a bit foolish. That's my own view. I've seen that kind of argument before and it looks foolish. Criticism is there all the time. This time last year Sir Alex Ferguson was told to retire. You can pick bits of an argument and make it fit whatever way you want. The issue is we have to win some more games.'

Sorry as he was a great player for us, but never like Andy Gray anyway, used to bump into him around Four Oaks in the pubs and he was a snotty, arrogant pratt. He also spoke badly of us fans who wanted Ellis to go, so what he thinks about OUR manager, is irrelevant!!!!

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Writer:J P Fear
Date:Thursday March 29 2007
Time: 3:06PM


Don't much care for Andy Gray, Hairy Hands Keys or many of the Sky Sports lot to be honest. Gray and Keys need replacing to freshen things up. Gray, as with most "experts" talks a good talk but if he was that good he'd be doing what Martin O'Neill etc. do.
Hughes Da Man
29/03/2007 15:29:00
Gray had a chance to become a manager but bottled it for an easier life, so difficult to take what he says about managers seriously really, he never tested himself and Big Ron told him he'd regret that one day. Mind you, I wish I had his regrets WITH his bank balance! I do think they need replacing now though, been going far too long, far too compacent and Richard Keyes always seemed a total buffoon to me. Especially when he kept creaping on about Doug and how much us Villa fans loved him really. Jeez!
The Fear
29/03/2007 15:39:00
Well said Martin, very well said. I'll take time to add my own sweet verbal blast towards Mr Gray (not that he'll care one jot), 'Andy, Villa Park legend you may well arguably be, but please, shut your mouth'!
29/03/2007 16:03:00
I quite like Andy as at least he gets a debate going, I am biased beacuse I remember a dlying header he scored for us away at Coventry. Maloney looked quite useful for Scotchland last night by the way. We just need to start winnning. Losing our goalkeeper, bad cup draws and the fixture list since December haven't helped at all. Seems as if we haven't played forever
29/03/2007 16:59:00
29/03/2007 17:01:00
I really don't care what Gray says he has nothing to do with AVFC currently so it doesn't matter
29/03/2007 19:33:00
What a player for us,but always seems to be fairly negative about Villa unlike Rambo.He slated Brian Little so bad he left and remember Blues 1st Mickey Mouse trophy won which was on Sky in the early days and he was saying Blues were bigger than the Villa,reading his Autobiograhy he seems bitter about Ron Saunders and how he left for the 1st time,he has a mini point about MON though.
29/03/2007 21:48:00
Gray left the Villa to pay for his night club 'the Zoo' that got into difficulty. He was a brilliant player for us but I lost a bit of respect when he left just to get a pay off. The forward line of Gray, Little and Deehan were superb. In one season I'm sure tthey got close to 75 goals between them.
29/03/2007 21:49:00
A Legend of a centre forward - no one and I mean no one - was braver when it came to diving headers at the feet of centre halfs. Never got the chance with Scotland. 110 k from Dundee Utd - I wish we could unearth more like him nowadays. Remember that he works for Sky so he is paid to be a ponce - He's a Legend Ponce for Sky now! All Hail The PONCE!!
29/03/2007 22:11:00
I remeber Andy GREY leavin us as he did not have the bottle for management I supose he realised he did not have it in him we he failed trying to manage a night club
29/03/2007 22:19:00
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