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D-day for Villa Players?

D-day for Villa Players?

Martin O'Neill will enter into talks with several players to see where their futures lye.

Players such as Thomas Sorensen, Olof Mellberg and Gavin McCann have contracts expiring in a years time. Then we have Lee Hendrie and Jlloyd Samuel who are both out of contract and both very likely to be shown the door.

O'Neill is looking to sit down with them and explained on the official site:

'I haven't had a chance to do anything about that, mainly because the boys had a couple of days off after the Sheffield United game. But this week and in the early part of next week, I'd like to do something about that. While our season finishes on Sunday, it's not as if some of the players involved in international matches will be racing off next morning. So I've got a wee bit more time and it's something I'll be discussing with a few of them. It is pressing and I would like to get a few things in motion between now and the end of the season.'

Adding 'Gavin has a year left and any players with a year left to run, you need to speak to them, because people need to know. Thomas has a year left to run, Olof's got a year left to run, Gavin's got a year left to run and I need to speak to them. We'll be talking about things. I don't mind speaking to agents at all, but I should still be able to have very normal conversations with players about careers and how people are doing. I don't need an agent for that.'

'I need an agent eventually when we're talking about contractual stuff, but I'm not so sure I always need to be talking to agents whenever I speak to the players. Of course I do accept that when you're sitting down and talking about the nitty-gritty of contracts, that's when the agent comes in.'

So who would you keep? For me, to build a squad, we need to keep as many as possible at least until the end of next season.

It is obvious Hendrie and Jlloyd are off, but would you keep Sorensen, McCann and Mellberg?

I'd tie Mellberg to a long contract, have McCann on a year extension and bring in extra competition for Thomas Sorensen! There, problem sorted



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

Writer:J P Fear
Date:Wednesday May 9 2007
Time: 3:34PM

Comments

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I'd like to see Boaz Myhill brought in with Tom to battle for No.1 and release Taylor. Definately keep Olly long term (3 year contract) and McCann for 1 year as a squad player.
Jon.H
09/05/2007 15:42:00
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I'd like to see Mellberg Stay - the others can leave. Mellberg and Laursen together are comparable to any centre halfs in the Premiership.
leelindsay
09/05/2007 15:44:00
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Mellberg on a new three year contract. Sorenson on a two year deal and keep as back up. The rest can go.
Dannygav
09/05/2007 15:50:00
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Agree Jon.H, Boaz should never have been allowed to leave. I'd keep McCann as a squad player depending on who we bring in, we've got to increase the size of the squad before looking to offload.
The Fear
09/05/2007 15:50:00
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To be honest I don't think McCann has done badly for us. It puzzles me the criticism he gets sometimes.
Jon.H
09/05/2007 15:54:00
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I think McCann is absolutely useless, every time he steps on the pitch it irritates me. the last few games without him have been wonderful. When he came on as sub against Sheffield i nearly cried, thought id seen the last of him. He cant pass a ball to save his life. Mellberg has looked a different player along side the immaculate Laursen.
paddy@villa
09/05/2007 16:03:00
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McCann spends half his time on the ground, seriously you look at how many times he dives into a challenge.
mackaavfc
09/05/2007 16:05:00
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To be fair though, before christmas he was one of our better players and towards the end of O'Dreary's reign he was one of the few to retain passion and commitment to the cause. I'd keep him as cover and give Craig Gardner a run in the side.
Jon.H
09/05/2007 16:12:00
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I must admit I don't think McCann is useless and also thinks he always gives 100%. He might not be the best to take us to the Champ League but he has played an important role for Villa whilst we weren't spending big on players. He does do a lot of the scruffy work that goes unnoticed, although this year I reckon he gave the ball away a bit much at times. Still a good squad player but not sure he'd be happy being just a squad player after being such a regular. Amazing game how we all see the same games and read totally different things into it isn't it?! Mind you, only one opinion really counts, MON's !
The Fear
09/05/2007 16:12:00
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keep big Ollie, let the rest go. If we are to kick on we need a better keeper. I agree with Fear about McCann being worth keeping as a squad player IF he would stay for that. I do think it is more than a coincidence though that our recent good form has co-incided with him being left out of the team.
jonah
09/05/2007 16:17:00
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