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O'Neill - Spend, Spend, Spend

O'Neill - Spend, Spend, Spend

Aston Villa's CEO Richard FitzGerald says there is money to spend in the summer and plenty of it!

The board and Richard have already stated Champions League is their aim and with the backing of owner and chairman Randy Lerner, despite the fact we have a long way to go, we should now at least stand a chance!

FitzGerald said:

'We want to be around the top of the Premiership playing Champions League football and you need world-class players for that. We showed in January that we are prepared to make a big commitment to bringing in players and Randy has freed up a transfer pot for Martin. People might have thought we pushed the boat out signing Ashley Young, but I can guarantee significant transfer funds have been made available, which is money coming from the owner.'

Adding, at the press conference launching the new club badge, 'No-one has put a figure on that sum, but we wouldn't have come out and said we want to be competing at the top of the Premiership and in the Champions League if we didn't know what that entailed.'

He also says that Villa will have to learn to stand on their own two feet and not constantly expect money from Randy Lerner.

'We are in an investment phase and we realise there will be a lag between revenues and spending for a while but, eventually, we want to commercialise. Americans understand entertainment and the value of entertainment better than the Brits and, more specifically, they understand about the value of entertainment on television and the importance of television.'

Adding, 'We want to fill Villa Park. There's very few successful teams that don't have full stadiums. How are we going to do that? We're going to make sure the season-ticket prices are reasonable and make sure we enhance the matchday experience. We've got to work hard at filling the stadium and keeping fans and stakeholders happy.'

I'm sure a few stars in the summer will add a few thousand bums on seats come kick off next season. Happy days!

I'll start a new sticky player link article on the front page soon, we got through over 1000 comments in January, the summer will probably lead to overload!

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

Writer:J P Fear
Date:Thursday May 3 2007
Time: 5:31PM


how much do u wreckon we're gonna get?? 100million?? 200million?? mmmmmmmmmm
03/05/2007 18:28:00
This depends on how MON wants to play it. Are we in a position yet to attract the brill players? The only way to attract the top top players would be to offer them massive wages. (I learnt this on Champ manager so it's gotta be right). Would he want to do this and upset some of the seniors? Can he do this. Will Randy allow it? Alternatively, MON will go for the players we're linked to at the moment who will come for over the odd transfer prices but reasonable wages. I think the latter. And every season the players joining will get better.
03/05/2007 18:34:00
if we can spend up to £30mill to get us into the top 6 next year,... then how much would it cost us the year after to get into the top 4? would me need wholesale squad changes to get into the top 4 from the top 6 team? or will we just become a spurs and sign every youth player going with the hope of one of them making it good? i hope we do buy youth but mainly players aged 24 or 25 just before they get to there peak (27-32 is peak age) and buy them for cheaper than they would cost at aged 27 if we had MON a few years ago when petrov was 24 he wouldnt have cost as much as he did if we could sign about 8 players this summer as abuout 8 will leave on frees and not good enough (Dj-Dj, hughes, angel(gone), hendrie, Sutton, ridgewell, mcCann) and a few others how much would it cost to replace them with actually QUALITY players...UTV
03/05/2007 18:50:00
If MON is going to build a team, as opposed to the Chelski route, then it will take time. Putting a team together overnight does not happen in real life. Think back to when Alex Ferguson was building his first ManUre team, and the problems he had doing that. It was not all plain sailing. Top players don't have to take a chance on joining a team that MIGHT go places, so the building has to happen relatively slowly. The first batch of players will take us so far, then we have to move to another level, and so on. It WILL take time.
03/05/2007 18:50:00
I heard that we are getting £105m to spend and Doug Ellis is also chipping in so thats £105m and 30p
03/05/2007 19:52:00
Ellis is chipping in that much christo, FU**ING HELL!!
03/05/2007 21:20:00
To be fair deadly backed John Gregory, then stopped at the crucial point, when he argued over 1 mill for juninio. Alas the wheels then fell off. Mon is more astute and a good man to trust with the purse strings. Roll on next season. UTV.
03/05/2007 21:36:00
Not wanting to go overboard on the Doug argument, been done before and we are on the up now without him, but although plenty was spent in the JG days, there were plenty of sales as well. Remember JG saying his annual spend was still around £5m a season after sales. Also this was the time of the floatation so some money was about. Still not a good amount of investment though, we did have a list of all the ins and outs to disprove the £100m claim by Doug. Think it is on the VFC old site somewhere, but too tired to go looking now!
The Fear
03/05/2007 21:40:00
With increased prize money in the Prem next yar, expect all prices to soar again this Summer - so we may not see as many arrivals as some expect. Plus if you look at the Arsenal approach, they buy very well at low prices hrough good judgement. Perhaps thats the best method to follow after an initial push to get a solid base.
03/05/2007 21:51:00
Its heartening to just know that the money is there, we dont have to sell to buy, and we wont be shopping in the bargain basement sales this summer. Enough said.
04/05/2007 06:45:00
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