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Is Laursen Set To Retire?

A number of different reports are around today which state that Martin Laursen has accepted the need to retire and that a public announcement is only a matter of days away.

Quoted in the Evening Mail, Laursen said:

"I would like to have a nice life after football. Hopefully, I have many years left in me to live, so of course I`m thinking of how much I want to put pressure on my knee to come back.'

Martin currently faces another lay off of 6 months after suffering a setback in his recovery at our training camp in Dubai last month. He faces another knee operation now and it appears it's all getting too much as he sensibly looks to his own future outside the game.

Martin O'Neill has apparently left the decision completely up to Laursen, and as ever Laursen is full of praise for the manager and the club stating that he has thoroughly enjoyed his time here, he thinks he's played some of his best football over the last few seasons and he's pleased we are moving in the right direction as a club.

Speaking to the Danish press yesterday Laursen was non committal on his future, other than confirming that he would like to carry on in football when he's forced to hang up his boots in one capacity or another.

"I`m considering if I should end my career now a year before the contract runs out, or if I should keep playing football and then go through the operation, do the necessary work to get back and then see if I can get back or what has to happen.

"It`s weird for me in many ways. It really is. I would have liked to keep on playing football. It has gone so well for me lately.

"My future will be decided by the end of next week.

"If it turns out that I have to stop playing, then I will be able to look back on a long career that I can be happy about."

A career he can be very happy about. He has been phenomenal for us and it's no surprise to see we have struggled mostly in games he hasn't been available for.

Dodgy knees and all, Laursen has made a name for himself at Villa as one of the very best centre halves we have had the luxury of seeing in action.

If he has to hang up his boots it'll be a great loss to us as a club and no doubt a very sad day for Martin. But as he says himself he can look back fondly at his time on the pitch, and as many supporters have echoed on the forum it will be the right decision for him as he has to consider his own future and his own health.

So next question is, can we get him back as a defensive coach please. He belongs at this club.




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Writer: Mike Field Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday April 24 2009

Time: 3:43PM

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steff_the_villan
Gutted if this is the case but is health is more important. How and who are we gonna replace him with cant really think of anybody really, or anybody that would come.
astonsteve
Regular site users will know that I was told from a reliable source that this was the case, a while ago. I still hope that it not true though. However I might have to be renamed from voiceoftheholte to VOTHtheinsidestory! I also predict that Wolves will go up this season and that a black man will be a president of America in the near future.
voiceoftheholte
Maybe it is worth getting Ledley King. A long shot I know!!
voiceoftheholte
astonsteve, according to some on here we are mighty aston villa and it would be simple to get world class players in without a problem - all we have to do apparently is offer over the odds in transfer fees (or perhaps pluck a figure like 10 million out of thin air) offer 80 grand a week and hey-presto - he arrives.
nazvfc
You DESPERATELY need Laursen! No surprise his absence is what started your slide from 4th place! Knight, Davies or Cuellar aren't reliable enough as you can tell from your recent results.
ForeverUnited
Gutted on a ridiculous level. Completely agree with ForeverUnited - that and carew's long absence did us no favors. We love you Martin!
benji_starsky_avfc
astonsteve, I second your sentiments completely, but I'm struggling to understand how you can still be optimistic for the future when we're faced with the prospect of losing Laursen as well as Barry. We're not in a position to replace either player with comparable quality, let alone the leadership and example these two provide. And even if we were, MoN's track record in signing centre backs is patchy at best - despite a considerable amount of money spent. Given all this, I'm struggling to see how we're going to stand still next season, let alone improve.
Albarnista
For the record if Laursen is reading any of our comments, I echo Astonsteve. For me he will be missed more than any one player in our squad if he doesn't return for many reasons, least of all I've not seen a player like him wear the villa shirt with such pride since the likes of Ian Taylor. If anyone has earned the right to take an early retirement, it's him.
johnnyuk
Some intresting stats earlier on WM with Laursen in the team Pld 82, Points 136, without him, Pld 103, points 86. says it all really, a true modern day legend.
roehe
Very sad for him and for Villa if he has to finish his career now.A tremendous player for us.One of the best to wear the shirt in my opinion.I can only wish him well whatever the future holds for him. COLTRANE
coltrane
Big boots to fill, Martin has been awesome for us, wishing he could do a 'GOD' for us and play without the training, here,s hoping!!!
silkie villain
I'd be gutted the big mans class.
chris the villan
I cant believe it. Things couldnt get much worse at the min. Upson will be the only "decent" defender we can afford. Not a patch on the big man.
medzy
i reckon ledley king will b quality as he gets older. either him or someone young who could be a villa great. yes, i mean Stephen O'Halloran! it wouldbe quality 2 train him up nxt season, give him some uefa cup games to biuld his experience, and his playing skills
jimjim96
Gutted for him, hes a quality defender. We have a very similar situation week in week out with Ledley. When fully fit hes a stunning defender but his knee is *****ed. We aint gonna sell him though are we.
HuddersfieldYiddo
Can`t see MON replacing anyone who`s world class and ML certainly is, hope he makes the correct decision and 1 clean sheet since he`s been out shows his worth.
ASPINALL
I hear Vidic is a Villa fan!!! He sounds handy and worth a punt. So Fear, let's have a poll on who might be able to fill ML boots, if at all! Discuss.
holte ender 1969
 

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