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Villa Boss Worries On Transfer Costs

Villa Boss Worries On Transfer Costs

Martin O'Neill is obviously getting badgered in the press conferences with questions about transfers, or maybe more appropriately, the lack of transfers?

This time he has suggested some prices are just too high and that he isn't in the business of bankrupting a football club.

'In this day and age you have to be very careful because things are escalating at such a rate. Trying to find value for money is exceptionally difficult, but if all those things are there, we'll try to do it.'

He then explains that he hasn't ruled anything out but he wants to build a strong squad to compete and 'not someone who might come in for two games and be an 'impact' signing and not really be value for money.'

Adding on the official site: 'You see the escalation in prices and someone who you thought you'd be able to get for 'x' is now 'x plus y'. Part of you questions it and part of you thinks do you go along with it because other teams are strengthening their sides.'

Well, erm. Yes if you want to compete in the top five to six surely? I would have thought - from a laymans point of view - that a manager would say the players he wants and the board would do the deals, if the board think the price is too high, they reject the deals?

O'Neill carried on: 'I am going to do that - the owner has given me the responsibility for want of a better word to do it and this is what I'm looking at. I'm surveying all options and I'll see what develops. The owner has put a bit of trust into me and I want to make the team as exciting as I possibly can.'

He is also going to look at the last few games where, in his words, Villa 'were really flying'.

Not an easy job being the manager, we need new quality players, that is for sure, but then what happens to the good young players we already have coming through. On the bright side, I'm not paid the £1million a year so it isn't my worry. On the down side, I'm not paid the million a year!!

Writer:J P Fear
Date:Friday July 20 2007
Time: 3:16PM


If we want the players then we will have to be prepeared to pay over the top for them im afraid thats how the player market is going in the preimership now. Prime example is Blue nose scum paying 6 million for Mido.
20/07/2007 15:29:00
Sounds to me as if Randy has handed all responsibility for deal-making and haggling over to MON, unlike Ellis who used to micro-manage every transfer. Maybe he needs a bit of help - give us a call Mart, I can spend Randy's money for you!
20/07/2007 15:32:00
Well said JPF. i hope this explanation from MON gives the negetive fans amongst us food for thought before they open there virtual mouths and inflict there negative nonsense on us possitive fans. i thik AVFC48 knows who i' aiming this at.
20/07/2007 15:32:00
I think what he's saying is that he's hoping to find the bargains before having to go and spend the ridiculous cash. It may well be that he has some big money transfers lined up, IF he can't get his bargain deals to work first.
20/07/2007 15:34:00
Replace O'Neill in all the above with Taylor or O'Leary and this site and every other fan site on the internet would now be in meltdown. Mind you then those wonderful and oh so marvelous positive fans just might have something to say about the comments made than just aiming another dig at someone who they obviously feel has more influence with his views than O'Neill
20/07/2007 15:41:00
in response to kentvilla what happens when you've spent all your budget and your wage bill far exceeds your income. Down there lies bankrupcy. We need to look at is leeds! a perfect example. There is a problem spending big money on players. Are you buying reputations with no substance?Thats the question. A question that thankfully i dont have to answer. thats MON's job. but did any villa fans think that MON was the type of manager to buy superstars. because i did'nt and i for one am pleased he does'nt waste money.
20/07/2007 15:58:00
Fair do's to MON as the leeds approach springs to mind. The leeds fans were delighted with the massive expenditure when they were winning but soon fell flat when the wheels come off. I can see the same happening at chelsea eventually as the amount they keep spending there isn't going to be a business willing to take over the debts (once and if roman leaves). Many villa fans will tell they're happy not to buy but would rather earn success. its a slow process but once the foundation are place its easy to build off (like Man Utd). Only then can we start to spend large amounts UTV
20/07/2007 16:01:00
in reply to gappy please could you answer two small questions please. were Leeds ever owned by a Billionaire? if you are so sure O'Neill doesn't waste money and by implication doesn't spend when he doesn't have to, could you kindly justify the 8.5 million spent on Petrov and the 10 million on Young ?
20/07/2007 16:02:00
I think MON is right to be cautious, to an extent, but, when the league champions are prepared to spend in excess of £60m on three players to maintain thier position it putsd it into perspective. There are so many pressures putting the prices of the best players up. Such as there are not many of them about and too many teams are after them. Also managers know the value of their best players and are duty bound to get the most they can for them or put other managers off by the asking price and thereby keeping their best players(and avoiding the sack). If we want to be in the big league we have to be prepared to compete with them on all levels. Sadlt, at this time that may mean spending more on a player than MON thinks he is worth. Regardless tho' I trust his judgement and I would back him against any other manager in the business.
20/07/2007 16:05:00
INFLUENCE????? what influence would AVFC48 have? thankfully none!!!!
20/07/2007 16:07:00
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