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Is Laursen Set To Retire?

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.

Writer:Mike Field
Date:Friday April 24 2009
Time: 3:43PM


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24/04/2009 15:48:00
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.
24/04/2009 15:54:00
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.
24/04/2009 15:57:00
Maybe it is worth getting Ledley King. A long shot I know!!
24/04/2009 15:58:00
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.
24/04/2009 15:59:00
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.
24/04/2009 16:06:00
Gutted on a ridiculous level. Completely agree with ForeverUnited - that and carew's long absence did us no favors. We love you Martin!
24/04/2009 17:19:00
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.
24/04/2009 17:58:00
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.
24/04/2009 19:24:00
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.
24/04/2009 20:04:00
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