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O'Neill Honestly Has No Idea

O'Neill Honestly Has No Idea

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.

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Writer:Mike Field
Date:Tuesday April 14 2009
Time: 3:25PM


What ever you say about us, spurs will always be as likely as any other team to break into the top 4. We have finished 5th twice in the last three seasons, including a season were we were 4th till the last day of the season. We have made it to wembley twice in 2 seasons and trashed Arsenal 5-1 and outplayed chelsea in the final to win the league cup last season. We were very unlucky to loose against Manu on penalities this season. We are the only team to have qualified for the Eufa cup in all of the past 4 seasons and despite manking the worst start to the season in the history of the club(2 points after 8 games),it looks like we will qualify again. We are the only team who are unbeaten against the so called Big 4 this season.Our squad player to player is valued about 40 million higher than liverpool,just 5 million less than Manu and 20million below chelsea and astronomically higher than arsenal. We have the 3rd most valued squad in the league. We have 23 full internationals in our first team squad,i am not even sure if your squad is that big. Furthermore we will spend atleast upto 40 million in the summer and strenghten our squad. Anybody other than the Big 4 care to Compete? That is why we will be as likely as any team to break into the top 4 no matter how bad a season we have had.
14/04/2009 15:55:00
^^ beautifully modest, as you would expect from a spuds fan. Not sure how you came to the conclusion that your 'likely' to be in Europe again next year?? Plus your about to have the record of finishing in the top 5 twice in the last 4 seasons.
14/04/2009 16:06:00
Yep, it must be wonderful to be a spud, to have such an expensive, massive squad, with such massive International players, with such massive egos, with such massive expectations, and never get anywhere, still ending up behind one of the smallest squads in the Premiership : ) It's not what you've got Yid, it's how you use it that counts, UTV
14/04/2009 16:07:00
Hitman, i said we are likely to be in europe again next season as we are 3 points off 7th after we beat the spammers(who currently occupy 7th). We are also one of the form teams in the league as we have won 5 of our last 7 games and both fulham and west spam have a tough fixture list while we have a comparitivly easy one and two 5th places in 4 seasons is still a better record than anybody else. We also puhed arsenal far more than you have done this season, on both the occasions.
14/04/2009 16:18:00
love the 'fans wouldn't be fans if they weren't moaning' he should listen to his lot (ie managers) boy oh boy that lot can moan for England... or in Wengers case France, or in Rafa's case... oh sod it, you get the idea! lol
The Fear
14/04/2009 16:22:00
don't quite get the Arsenal jibe, we took 4 points off 'em this season.
14/04/2009 16:33:00
How many times has 'Arry broken into the top 4 in his 20 years of management???? Spuz have never finished in the top 6 or bottom 6 of the league before their lucky 5th place 2 years in a row after spending more than every other team except the top 3. "Our squad player to player is valued about 40 million higher than liverpool,just 5 million less than Manu" Only a Spuz fan would believe their own hype. We have had a couple of sensible Spuz fans around recently as they have been brought down to earth by their pathetic excuse for a season but THIS BLIND OVEROPTIMISM is what we have come to expect from the Yids over the years and they are back as soon as they get a couple of wins. LOL
14/04/2009 16:33:00
Villan444, your argument is stupid. Arry has never managed a really big club or a club with ambitions of breaking into the top 4. Has Martin oneill Broken into the top 4? no. How can you be lucky for 2 straight seasons? we Deservede the two 5th spots and we were 4th till the last day of the season where we had a simple task of beating the hammers and we had a food poisioning incident in the hotel the players were staying and practically feilded a reserve team against west ham and got beat. If anybody was lucky ,it was arsenal. Anyway if our Back to back 5th place was lucky then what does it make your 5th place this season?The squad Value thing is not a hype. The prices of all the premier league squads was calculated and published recently and i am not making it up on my own.If you want you are more than welcome to look it up.
14/04/2009 16:51:00
Got to love the spuds fans, how deluded can they be. No team has played better at our ground this season than Aston Villa who throughly deserved the win. Spuds were completely outplayed at the Emirates but got extremely lucky on the night (although I will credit them with actually showing enough heart to come back for once). Any team can go out & overspend on average players like spurs do & then claim their squad value is such & such an amount, the fact is Arsenal's squad may have cost a lot less than spurs but ask any neutral fan & they would pay much more to buy most of Arsenal's squad than they would Spurs. As for the comment about spuds spending 40+ million this summer, thats complete rubbish. The only way spuds will spend anything like that is if they sell players first, the club as of the last accounts were 40 million in debt & that doesn't include any of the January buys, so actually the club are somewhere around 70-80 million in debt. Redknapp said only a few weeks back that he'll be looking for free signings & loans in the summer.
Ashburton Gooner
14/04/2009 17:11:00
villan444 check this link out
14/04/2009 17:11:00
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