Writer: J P Fear
Date:Thursday April 26 2007
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!
Date:Thursday April 26 2007
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