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Fair Play Draw Next Tuesday

Martin O'Neill has again spoken of the possibility of a back door entry into next seasons Uefa Cup.

Villa are second in the fair play league with only Spurs ahead of us. As Spurs are just one point away from automatic Uefa qualification, that would mean Villa would go into the hat for the draw next Tuesday.

I don't think I've ever said this before and I don't think I'll ever say it again but.... Come on you Spurs!

O'Neill admits in the future he wants to qualify properly but if we get entry, we'll take it!

He told avfc.com:

'You wouldn't want that to be the way we got in, but you'd take it. I feel we're now playing well enough to make something of it. Qualifying for the UEFA Cup would change all our pre-season plans, but if we got into the first qualifying round from the Fair Play award, then of course we would.'

Even if we go into the hat there is still only a 1 in 5 chance as 10 teams will be entered.




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Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday May 11 2007

Time: 3:07PM

Your Comments

i hope you boys get it you been a good team to watch and with new signings you will be challenging for uefa cup entry trhough the league next season
rooneyisgod
Fingers and toes will be crossed. Its a long shot, but long shots have been known to come through. Will add that little bit of an extra sparkle to next season, as if we haven't got enough to look forward to already.
glensider
would be a great way to get in next season , will make signing for yoruselves even more attractive no doubts .. good luck !!!
dazednconfuzed
All we need to do is not let Bolton win against us ie. draw or win then due to the table spuz can't finish lower than 7th. So Come On Villa not spuz!!
Villan444
come on both teams!
industrial_musical
A long shot, eh? Where's Thomas Hitzlsperger when you want him?! Nice to see some support from some other teams as well, thanks to rooneyisgod and dazed. True, it's not the ideal way to get in, but if we're there we have the draw of european football on top of all the other exciting developments. One can hope, eh.
Carlosio
With God looking down and smiling on us at the moment what a way to finish an amazing season!!!!!!!!
Gazvilla
Take it any way you can, I suppose! Though you could get a few players sent off at the weekend, etc. But when you're in, you're in...not that MON has many happy experiences of his last match in the UEFA Cup.
Jamie1967
Personally, I have never minded sneaking in via the back door!
Dannygav
I'll just wait and see.
myleftfoot
Best not mention sneaking in via the back door or Upson will demand a transfer to B6!!! Allegedly!!!!!!
Rickymeister
"With God looking down and smiling on us at the moment what a way to finish an amazing season!!!!!!!!" ^love it. so weird for a villa fan to be able to say that. get in.
ric112
The reckon the odds are slightly better than 5/1...England didnt get picked out the hat last year so in terms of probability its about 4.756675 to 1 :-)
son_of_cher
Surely its better for the competition that more english teams play? Whats the point of having extra crappy european teams that have no hope of progressing? I have a sneaky feeling MON's luck of the Irish and midas touch may rub off!?
son_of_cher
I thought it was the countries who went into the hat, it was then down to the FA to choose the club to go fwd....
col8
Glad that whatever the outcome we wont be Inter-Toto bound.
glensider
 

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