Writer: Mike Field
Date:Tuesday April 14 2009
Strange title, but that's basically the answer to the question 'where will we be in a year's time.'
Speaking exclusive to Sultana Sports, O'Neill told Darrell Currie that he has fears about Man City and Spurs going into next season as he expects them to be up there challenging the Top 4 aswell.
'If you look at Manchester City, they have the wherewithal to be really big players next season.
'You look at Tottenham Hotspur, who spent a lot of money in January time just to get out of trouble. Their rise has been terrific and next season they will be setting their sights very high again.'
Man City maybe, but Spurs are expected to break the Top 4 every season and they always struggle to break wind, let alone anything else.
In typical style O'Neill also talked about not breaking the bank or wasting any of Lerner's money in a bid to improve our strength and depth.
'I don't mind taking a risk and paying slightly over the odds for someone, as in the case of Ashley Young. If we were to sell him, which we would not be doing, you would quadruple your money if that's the case.
'I'm in it to try and make it work under the parameters of which I have been given and that is the whole point.
'I don't think in this financial age we're in at the moment that people can just throw things at it and not expect some kind of repercussion.
'The owner is trying to improve the facilities as it's a tangible way of making progress. If we make the facilities better for the fan to come here and enjoy and, if the football is good as well, hopefully they'll stay.
'We've housed 40,000 fans for the past two seasons so we must be doing something right.'
The subject of fans was raised aswell sadly.
'Fans wouldn't be fans if they didn't enjoy moaning. It's part of the game. You get it at Old Trafford, Anfield, Stamford Bridge and Emirates Stadium. It doesn't really matter so that's not a problem.
'Mr Lerner is delighted with the fans, regardless of who is criticising or not.
'If you pay your money, you're entitled to criticise.'
Oh so now we enjoy moaning. We enjoy seeing a capitulation in domestic and European cup competitions. We enjoy seeing players having no idea where they are meant to be playing in games. We enjoy seeing unfit, and out of form players stuck by when we have other options.
Yeah ok but at least he accepts we are entitled to do so.
So it's fitting to end with something even the fans agree with Martin on.
The question of where will we be in a year's time:
'I've no idea. Honestly.'
Neither have we Martin, but we'll enjoy the ride nontheless, as fans it's what we do....well that and moan of course.
Date:Tuesday April 14 2009
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