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McCann Can Stay And Fight

McCann Can Stay And Fight

Martin O'Neill says that he hasn't given up on Gavin McCann despite the fact he didn't even make it back onto the bench against Portsmouth following a two match suspension. And blimey that became more of a mouthful that I'd envisaged when I started typing!

The Villa boss said:

'I have not 'warned' Gavin McCann at all about his future. That is nothing to do with it. It is all about the idea of playing for places next season and so I have really been sending out a positive message to the players and not a negative one. I want all the boys currently out of the side to fight their way into the side, and if things work out alright, then they will stay in there.'

'For me, Gavin has one year left on his contract, and it is entirely up to him what he chooses to do, but if it were up to me I would want him to be a part of this football club for the future.' Adding, 'I want competition for places. I can't imagine that Gavin is happy at the moment. He is not that type of person anyway. The type of rotation that goes on at clubs nowadays would not be for him. He wouldn't relish that. Gavin would want to play every week. I would hope that Stuart Taylor is not happy.'

'That is what I want from the players currently out of the side, and what I am hoping for. What I would say about Gavin, is that for the first three or four months of this season, he was terrific. It has been a long season for everyone and he has been on the 'go' for all of it. The rest of it is up to Gavin and to all those players out of the team. I want them all to come roaring back. We cannot have what happened to us last November when we were scratching for players to happen to us again.'

Be interesting what the summer brings, competition for midfield places should surely hot up with a few arrivals expected, or at least needed!

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

Writer:J P Fear
Date:Thursday April 26 2007
Time: 12:28PM


We need a goalkeeper and midfielder to put pressure on Maccan & Sorenson. Reo Coker, Gordon and Boruc look quality.
26/04/2007 15:03:00
Could we encourage Ian Taylor out of retirement? ;-)
26/04/2007 15:15:00
I would rather scott parker that reo coker
26/04/2007 16:04:00
7m for Woodgate? Opinions? Who should we be looking at? I think Upson.
26/04/2007 16:48:00
No offence to Mr McCant, but it is time to go. I would not question his attitude, but unfortunately he is not good enough now when we are a mid-table side, so he is certainly not good enough if we want to be a top 6 side.
26/04/2007 17:18:00
I don't think there is one player whos place is guarenteed which is good as all the guys should be playing out of their skin to stop the inevitable signings walking into the team.
26/04/2007 20:11:00
This is the attitude we have been crying out for but haven't been in a position until now to talk about. Playing in the best league in the world isn't a god given right, it has to be earned! If players believe that they should be in the team no matter what, then what kind of club do they want to play for? Certainly not a successful one. Sure money is a great soother of egos but to truely be considered a player must knuckle down and eran a place in the starting eleven - No mater who he is.
26/04/2007 20:37:00
sorry about spelling mistakes - in a hurry
26/04/2007 20:40:00
I suspect that Gavin McCann can see the writing on the wall. He will in all probability be a bit part player next season, and at close to 30 years of age, signing a new contract under such a possibility would surely not be in his interest. He must be aware that MON will be looking to strengthen his midfield options this summer, and with young competition coming up through the ranks, Gavin's days look decidedly numbered.
26/04/2007 20:43:00
What a difference back when McCann was injured everyone wanted him back when results were going bad. Now we're ready to show him the door. Funny old game this football malarkey. hes not good enough though
26/04/2007 21:46:00
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