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O'Neill - Villa Survival Was Aim

O'Neill - Villa Survival Was Aim

Martin O'Neill is ready for phase two of the big plan at Villa following Randy Lerner's arrival.

The Villa boss said:

'Mr Lerner is over here and we will have talks. We are pretty well aware of what we want to do and something a bit more specific should come to mind at the end of the season. I am hoping we would all want to do okay. We want to take it onto the next step. Mr Lerner is looking at a five or six-year plan. But I know this season what he wanted was for us to stay up and then have a chance to look at things.'

'While Mr Lerner's own expectations at some stage will get very high, his own belief for this season was making sure we remained in this division. That was way back in October when we were winning games and in the top six. Never at any stage did he say finishing in the top half or achieving European football was a target for this season. I genuinely mean that. He had seen how things had gone the season before and knew we weren't able to make that many signings before the August transfer window closed.'

'If he had been here for four or five months before a ball had been kicked, that might have been a different issue but I think he realised by the time he got in here we were unable to do anything. I know we had some money set aside for one transfer, which was Stiliyan Petrov, but he realised it was going to be four months before we could do anything much.'

At least with the close of season approaching, they can all settle down and really assess what is needed next season and for the seasons to follow. Exciting times.

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

Writer:J P Fear
Date:Wednesday April 25 2007
Time: 11:45AM


god damn it i love randy lerner !!!!!!!
25/04/2007 12:14:00
3rd season is the one we could really take off, next season I'd love to see us in the top 8 and challenging for Europe.
The Fear
25/04/2007 12:35:00
Looks like Randy is a bit more realistic about the Club he bought and players he inherited than some of the fans who expect instant success.
Hoss The Villain
25/04/2007 12:50:00
I think nobody other than villa fans relised how serious a mess the club was in and how we looked certain for relegation while doug and dave were still here.It seems that the general attitude from the media and other people who were ignorant to this think MoN has failed this season,this combined with empty seats at some of the televised games have given the impression that we'll always struggle.Im sick of it and were going to suprise a few people next season.Up the Villa!
25/04/2007 13:14:00
Im also afraid of too much pressure being put on the manager next season.
25/04/2007 13:17:00
MON will be used to the pressure though, just because celtic won everything doesn't mean he wasn't under it. the crowds will go up purley as a% of people who would have bought a season ticket spent the money on something else when they thought we'd have doug 'n' dave again. i expect next season we'll be up there with spurs and bolton pushing for some uefa action!!
25/04/2007 18:30:00
I don`t believe the MON hype,sorry but his comments just cover his @ss for the fact we`ve been generally dire and under-prepared/motivated in many games this season,you can tell me that it will be all ok next season but i won`t hold my breath-lets give him 40m and buy 5 Ashley Youngs when we need a centre half and we still can`t deliver a decent corner,by all means live in dream land ( where are the missing thousands??? )
25/04/2007 21:06:00
ASPINALL - if your old enough - you'd be one of those who thought Saunder's sucked! We were very poor at times this season but if you expected anything else then it is you who is in dreamland. Look where we finished last year with less injurys than this year! Come on get on the wagon or feck off!
25/04/2007 21:32:00
If we cant do anything under a boss like O Neill then we never will.
25/04/2007 21:42:00
I`m sick of hearing that everything will be supremely wonderful next season, i can`t see it and by the looks of it a number of Villa fans stay away for the same reason,have Blackburn,Pompey,Reading,Everton or Bolton got better squads ?? If it makes you feel better then yes,we are great/youngsters and MON will come good blah,blah,blah i bet same people all thought O`Leary was the greatest thing since sliced bread aswell - watch the games.
25/04/2007 22:07:00
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