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A Response To O'Neill LOVES It At Villa

A Response To O'Neill LOVES It At Villa

A Response to Martin O'Neill LOVES It at Villa post by deano.avfc

I read the recent comments from MON on how he loves it at Villa (Martin O'Neill LOVES IT At Villa) and it go me thinking of something that I have worried about for some time. Firstly, a bit of background of my understanding of the man - as a
fellow Ulsterman I have followed O'Neill's progress through management for a number of years now - I am too young to remember his playing days but I have watched videos of him play, particularly for Northern Ireland, and I am convinced he would be much more of a Northern Ireland legend if he did not have the links with Celtic....but that is a discussion for another day.

Basically the thing that has always worried me is his '5 year' period he has spent at Wycombe, Leicester and Celtic - he has often used this to show his loyalty to the clubs he has managed (except Norwich which did not work out from the point of view of both sides) and use it as proof he is not looking to 'jump ship' for another management post - the thing is - I want O'Neill at Villa longer than 5 years....much longer!!

I watched O'Neill's press conference when he was appointed as Celtic manager and I have searched the internet for the transcript to get the exact quote but I honestly cant find it - but if I remember correctly he mentioned advice his father had given him - that if he was ever offered the Celtic or Man Utd managers job he should walk to Celtic Park or Old Trafford to accept it. Therefore making the point that the job was very easy to accept.

Now...where does that leave us. I am certain that whenever Sir Alex Ferguson and Man Utd do part ways O'Neill will be favourite for the job - no question about it!! He will almost certainly be recommended by Sir Alex to the Man Utd board and he will almost definitely be offered the job. He will then be allowed to speak to Man Utd as Randy will not stand in his way - as was proven when Randy said he would allow him to speak to the English FA for the England job.

What will his response be...well that is about timing!!!

I think that if O'Neill takes us to the Champions League regularly in the next few years he may feel that he has done a tremendous job and can take the Man Utd job with our blessing in a season or two's time.....but I am going to be selfish for the moment and look at things from Sir Alex's point of view.

If Man Utd win another treble (or quadruple) this year - which is quite likely - surely he would say - that's me - I've done it all - time to move on leaving very large shoes to fill!!

If Villa succeed this year and finish in the top 4 I think Martin would stay for another season - he would love to take us to the Champions League and give it a real go!!

Man Utd go and appoint someone else and there you have it!!!

Even then I wont be happy - the new Man Utd manager (Bruce, Mourinho, Capello, whoever - I don't care) has big shoes to fill and will have allot of pressure - if they don't do well in the first season they may be out!! Cue O'Neill again linked...he has had his stab at the Champions League with us- he has done 4 years - time to move on!!

In other words I cant see him jumping ship if Sir Alex resigns this year - but if Man Utd need a new manager the following summer - or the summer after that I worry Martin may fancy a crack at it!!

So, in conclusion - lets hope Man Utd win EVERYTHING this year(unless we are neck and neck for the title or meet in the FA Cup), Sir Alex resigns, we finish Top 4 and the new Man Utd manager is a success!!! Then we can have O'Neill for ourselves for a very, very long time!!!

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Writer:deano.avfc
Date:Wednesday February 4 2009
Time: 11:18AM

Comments

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We will get the special one in if o`neill leaves for utd.
lerneravfc
04/02/2009 11:24:00
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Erm... Now you put it like that. I think anyone who takes the Man Utd job first would be a fool. Let someone else fail and then take it after that. I can see MON doing that although I hope he doesn't.
Adam Deuce
04/02/2009 11:25:00
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I just can't see him leaving Villa until he retires. He has almost total control at Villa and I think he will value that extremely highly. Plus, although he is making great progress, the job is far from complete.
Nimmo
04/02/2009 11:38:00
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He would have total control at utd,He will go there if they want him.There are plenty of good managers around who would come to us thanks to o`neills good work in raising our status,As long as the money doesn`t dry up that is.
lerneravfc
04/02/2009 11:43:00
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Lerneravfc, we already have the Special One.
notthedougellisstand
04/02/2009 11:46:00
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hahaha love the article. Come on Man United!
evoflash
04/02/2009 11:56:00
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Can't see O'neill being daft enough to take the poison chalice that is the United job. Anyone following in Fergie's shoes is a dead man walking, and will not be given any time at all. Unless he wants to undo his impeccable reputation by jumping ship, can't see any reason why he'd want to leave a club on the up like Villa. If you begin to go backwards that might change his mind, but until then...
fifthcolumnblue
04/02/2009 11:58:00
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Several Celtic fans i know through business all commented that they and many Celtic fans felt let down when he quit and although they appreciated he did it for personal reasons, they too felt they had been led to believe that nothing would drag him away from Celtic and also that whilst they appreciated he needed to look after his wife, it came at a very convenient time and that he could, somehow, have managed the two. Of course when he quit Strachan spent 2-3 years sorting out the highly paid old players who were past it and had to rebuild the side, something they thought O'Neill should have done. I can't see him leaving Villa for another club like Utd, and certainly not one in Europe, the Villa job was manna from Heaven for him and he's nearly got it sorted. its just too good a job to leave, unless it starts to fall apart.
avfc48
04/02/2009 12:22:00
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Im not sure Utd is the same club it was in O'Neills dad's time. It's full of International stars who are already 'Utd'. MON has sculpted Aston Villa on his own (with Lerners backing). The team is full of characters of MON's choice and liking. I think MON would find it extremely tough going, going into Utd's set up, as would anyone. Sir Alex is a very special breed of human. He is the special one in my opinion. He built man utd full of English talent and as the club progressed to the next level, and the English talent got older, a fresher approach and a different tactical mind set was sort after. Stars such as Ronaldo, Vidic, Tevez, Anderson, Nanni etc... These are in the catagory of best players in the world in their positions. I have a feeling MON will stick around. MON has built the foundations as Fergie did at Utd. He has the chance to leave his legacy behind and be remembered all over the world as the man that took AVFC To European dominance!
Hitman
04/02/2009 12:25:00
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pessimistic. MON is a smart man. he will see it through at villa no doubt. there is a lot more to gain at villa, whilst man utd can only go down from where they are.
ric112
04/02/2009 12:38:00
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