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O'Neill Likes The Local Derbies

O'Neill Likes The Local Derbies

Martin O'Neill is looking forward to a derby match or two next season.

The Villa boss, once the scourge of Villa Park when visiting as Leicester City's boss, said of the prospect of our match against the Blue noses:

'I personally don't think it is any bad thing having local rivalries. I might be speaking well out of turn and Villa fans might say: 'Not at all, we don't like Birmingham full stop!' But I think renewed interest in the area is exactly what we need.'

'I think that it was a great achievement by them. The manager (potato head) has done terrifically well; it was a really big achievement to get back in the top division again at the first time of asking. Obviously we will look forward to the big derby games. I have never experienced them before.'

Should be a nice culture shock for Randy and the new board, that is for sure!

O'Neill added the dingles or yim yams might also get back into the Prem - for a season at least!

'At this minute you would say that there is a reasonable chance of either WBA or Wolves making it with Preston having had such a monumentally bad run. Southampton's goal difference is better than Wolves and they should beat Southend. But you never know what could happen on Sunday.'

He also knows that anything goes with derbies so it could cause problems as well!

'That is exactly right. Arsene Wenger said that he thought there were far too many London derbies to be played, because boys are 'up' for games. So I have to say with consideration that there is that element to it - every single time that there is a derby, does it become a non-predictable result? Derby matches can go either way. So what we want is to galvanise interest in the area- but not too much!'

COME ON THE VILLA!



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Writer:J P Fear
Date:Thursday May 3 2007
Time: 5:14PM

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of course O'Neill likes derby matches, which he was Leicester boss they were one of our biggest bogey teams.
industrial_musical
03/05/2007 17:52:00
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Yes, but I dont class Leicester City as a local derby. I say a real local derby is against Small Heath, The Baggies, and The Wolves, in that order. I know what you're getting at though Industrial Musical. Derby games and all midland get togethers are relatively unpredictable. I accept that, but just to refresh our memories, when we won the League Championship back in '81 (I'll never tire of mentioning that), we had to get the better of The Alliance, West Brom, Wolves, Coventry City, with Leicester and Forest thrown in for good measure, so while all midland affairs can be tricky, if you're good enough you'll come through them, with all guns a blazing.
glensider
03/05/2007 19:50:00
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am glad the blues have gone up
Christo
03/05/2007 19:59:00
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Hope we send the elephant man and his scum side down next season.
samtozer
03/05/2007 21:27:00
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MON is no stranger to derbies, he's been involved in the biggest one of them all so i'm confident he'll get the lads up for it!
Thegreatdando
03/05/2007 21:46:00
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Still think Savage should have been sent off for nose butting Dions forehead.
morky13villa
03/05/2007 22:01:00
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haha morky, that sentence is pure quality!
industrial_musical
04/05/2007 10:45:00
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well the blues do have a much better squad than last season. but then so do we. and well have an even better one next season
AussieVilla
04/05/2007 13:09:00
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The blues wont be able to cope playing with the 'big boys' ;)
industrial_musical
04/05/2007 14:40:00
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Would love to see the baggies go up - six points in the bag for the Villa and the season won't have even started!
Equatorialvilla
04/05/2007 15:46:00
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