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Martin O'Neill For England!

Martin O'Neill for England manager?


I must admit I thought we had a manager who was highly rated and set to take us to glory, isn't that what we've been told? What's his name, oh yes, that is right some Italian bloke called Fabio Capello!

Anyway, according to The Sun today, the Villa boss is fancied by the FA's new chief exec Ian Watmore if Capello quits.

And hey, it must be true, because they have an insider to say: 'There is no doubt Martin O’Neill’s stock has risen again. He is seen as the preferred candidate to take over from Fabio.'

Apparently Capello has an 'opt out' clause in his contract meaning he could leave after the 2010 World Cup Finals, although the full contract doesn't run out until 2012.

Apparently Capello has also been grooming Psycho Stuart Pearce. Less said about that the better! :-o

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Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday March 17 2009

Time: 9:13AM

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Nice monkey.... as for the story, it would make sense, he is afterall the messiah and a tactical genius! Actually, in some ways it does make sense for them to go for him again, he's been building the backbone of Villa with future/current England players and possibly one major international job before retirement might tempt him. Could we have Capello in exchange?!
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17/03/2009 09:17:00

I can see it too.... O'Neills bggest failings seem to be in the transfer market which would obviously not be a problem for an international coach. Hope it doesn't happen though, few bad decisions aside MON is still the man!
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17/03/2009 09:47:00

There seem to be a fair few on here who would be glad to see MON go, and I don't think the booing (right or wrong) would make him want to stay. Still, comparing the managerial appointment policies of the relatively successful 'bigger' clubs outside the top four (Everton, etc) and those who are not so successful (Barcodes, Spuds, etc). It is noticeable that those who chop and change managers frequently do not profit from it. You have to get a decent manager - with whatever faults he has - and stick by him.
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17/03/2009 10:24:00

At least Young Jonah and a few others will be happy. Martin O'Neill is easily the best manager we have had since Ron Saunders he is building for a sustained position where we will regularly be in the top 6 and sometimes hopefully top 4.
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17/03/2009 10:36:00

I would be happy. BUT the season aint over yet. 5th would be acceptable, 6th would be disappointing, 7th and I will be leading the sack O'Neill brigade.........
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17/03/2009 10:57:00

Funny - people were saying 5th is unacceptable - 4th is what we have to have! 5th/6th still ok as that is progression/consolidation. Listened to Barry on the radio this morning - he was mentioning the booing/sarcastic jeers. Tell you what - maybe all this might just lead to Barry deciding to not sign a new contract 4th place or no 4th place. he may think is it worth it with (some) fans like these who expect the world an all it's glories straight away - it must be fun playing championship manager. This managerial lark must be easy. Saunders made mistakes - we questioned his purchase of Mcnaught for one - his first game was awful, Atkinson, Gregory,Little - they all made mistakes (Little stuck with Savo through all the criticism). But hey us fans know better. I don't give a flying fig if we pay the money and all that bull - support the team through thick and thin (I did in the dark days) - regardless of performance or a particular player - show your support more when things are going badly not just when we are winning. Wonder if Gabby felt hurt - I know I would have. Ungrateful load of ........ I have never EVER(in over 46 years) nor will I ever jeer/boo a Villa Player.
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17/03/2009 11:40:00

How can you say you would be happy? Would you rather we had that streak of ***** Redknapp? I remember you saying you thought he was the future Villa manager. I don't understand what makes it so difficult to see, it's stupid to expect a top 4 finish so soon. Just because he's nearly done it we want him gone? I bet if this season Man City had been in our position and we were back in 6th now having never been leading Arsenal people would be saying we'd done a good job considering the money spent by our opposition. And that another season consolidation is acceptable. I'd like to see where Redknapp's got Spurs in a few years, and I'll bet you it's nothing on what MON's done for us with half the budget.
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17/03/2009 12:39:00

Nazvfc. Could'nt agree with you more.My first thought was that was little confidence Gabby would have been drained away by the reaction.
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17/03/2009 12:44:00

Nazvfc, i agree but that isnt the issue here, its not the players its the management, PTP, I never said I wanted Redknapp, i said I reckoned he would be the next Villa boss, he loves talking about us in every interview he does!! MON aint the man for the job, but I so hope he proves me wrong, and as I said in the article abouyt Lerner, i have faith that Lerner will make the right decision about whether he wants O'Neill or not and will make the decision that is right for the club. Shall i **** off and support the blues? No, because I love the club just as much as any of you. I am so so sorry that I hate going to Villa park each week to watch the dross football that MON has us playing, and you can **** off if you think I don't support the team, i turn up every week. My patience with O'Neill's tactical inabilities are wearing thin though. He needs to sort it out, we running out of games!!! Now, how do i get to St Andrews?
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17/03/2009 13:12:00

His tactical problems are down to the squad though. The manager has to feel confident he can play his players where he needs them and obviously Shorey hasn't matched his standards. I don't think anyone can say he can't judge a player, he's made some great signings for us but just hasn't made enough. I trust that once he's got the players he feels comfortable with he'll be able to take us to the next level. The thing is, we all know you can't just go out and buy 25 superstars and win the league, not with the kind of mney we've got. What you can do is build your team and let them grow in time, make the right aditions once we've got the pull (which nobody can say we're failing to get we are a more attractive club to players season on season) and take it step by step. If we get another manager in at the end of the season he might decide he doesn't like half our team, and then where are we? about 3 years in the past I reckon.
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17/03/2009 13:40:00

The Establishment would never allow O'Neill to manage England.
The Real Neil
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17/03/2009 13:55:00

PTP, I'm a vehement MON fan but I have to say not playing people he has signed for not insignificant sums of money (Harewood, Shorey) or ones that have impressed (Delfouneso) and ones that he has continued to play despite a loss of form (Gabby) or his perceived favourites (Heskey with an obvious injury over Carew) or by playing players out of preferred positions (take your pick) has not done the bloke any favours. I know things go in behind the scene, but can Shorey be THAT bad. I think he must have accidentally shat in MON's shoe or defiled his Euro Cup medal. He paid 4 mill for the guy... there's something massively wrong there!
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17/03/2009 14:50:00

anyone who would be happy if O'Neill left can truly just ***** off.
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17/03/2009 18:41:00

This is for the fans who want MON out. Be very careful, you might just get what you want. It makes me sick to hear!!! These fans wanted Petrov out, now he's a MOTM contender every week! Just because you pays your money, don't mean you have any idea of what your F****** talking about. Sinse when has cash been knowledge? I'm affraid D'OL was correct! There are sections of the Villa faithful that are fickle. Very fickle!!!! What must RL be thinking when hears the booing etc???? F****** muppets....
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17/03/2009 19:11:00

Gabby is MON's man, he believes he will be our star player in years to come and he wants to keep him here. Whatever happens Gabby's going to play when fit and if it works out we'll all have the eggy face. I actually think we look stronger at the back with Nige on the right and Young on the left than with Shorey in. Shoreys decent going forward but Luke is a better left back. He needs to trust them and obviously he doesn't, I just think in the bigger picture he get's it right. When he has his full squad I believe he will do it for us no matter how much Man City spend, what ever Everton are doing and not worrying about if Spurs ever shape up. In the bigger picture MON is a great manager and we'll just have to put up with his changes because he's not going anywhere
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17/03/2009 19:41:00

Why would he leave us to fail like eveybody else has?! I dont even want to contemplate MON leaving. We'll never replace him. He'll get it right in the summer transfer window. As for Gabby, He's gonna be the tits in a couple of seasons. The guys quality, just low on confidence. Bit of shooting practice and we're laughing.
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17/03/2009 20:35:00

Not sure if MON would want this job. He likes the day to day involvement in the game.
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18/03/2009 00:31:00

I love how some of you feel the need to belittle others opinions because they differ from your own. And once again I repeat, try looking up the word fickle, because you obviously don't know what it means. I love Villa and always will, my love has not changed one bit. My opinion on O'Neill has changed, that is not fickle.
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18/03/2009 08:13:00

I think you will find YJ fickle means; Changable in one loyalties. Your loyalties have changed towards MON, that in it's very nature is fickle my friend! You clearly feel slightly uncomfortable with the fickle word. so much so you felt the need to respond to a generic post. I said some of the Villa faithful are fickle very fickle. If you feel that was directed at you then i'm affraid it say's more about you than me. I support Aston Villa and who ever wears the badge. The treatment of some of the Villa staff over recent weeksand days is disgraceful. lets put this into some sort perspective. Two years ago we was relegation fodder, two years on we a real forth spot contenders. we have failed to win in recent games. We are fifth and still have a good chance of forth. To leap all over MON at this stage is nothing short of madness. I remember a certain Sir Alex Furguson was one game away from the sack. The rest is history!!!! MON is a great manager and remains a great mangers. |One swallow doesn't make a summer, in the same way one snow flake doesn't a winter make! If MON leaves Those who booed and and cheered with sarcasim should be very ashamed. He will be missed by you all if he leaves. Mark my words!!!
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18/03/2009 08:54:00


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