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O'Leary Says He Matched O'Neill With No Funds

O'Leary Says He Matched O'Neill With No Funds

An interesting article from an old face appeared in the Daily Mail today.

Yup, non other than former Villa and Leeds boss David O'Leary who, after a three year break, might be looking to get back into the crazy game of football management.

The full interview can be read here: www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football

The main thrust from a Villa point of view is his view on Villa and the fact he had hoped to be the boss when a takeover happened.... Unlucky my son, so close and yet so far... fickle old world eh?!

'I came in thinking Doug Ellis would go and I’d be the lucky one that Martin O’Neill is now. I gave honest opinions at the end of that year (2005/ 06) saying we need investment here. I was hoping I would be the one that was there when Randy Lerner came in.'

Adding, 'I read people now and they like Martin. He’s media savvy and he’s saying he’s dealing with a young, small squad. Yet, when I said that it was “Oh, he’s making excuses”. I said the club needed investment to keep it alive. Why did Martin need £50 million this summer?'

'At the end of the day, Martin, for all the money he has spent over three years – and they’re raving about him – hasn’t finished any higher than what I finished. Those are the facts.'

An interesting debate is developing in the 100% Villa forum...! Click Here

BodyButter posted:

According to Soccerbase, DOL's record at Villa isn't as good as MON's.

DOL's record P131 W47 L49 D35
MON's record P138 W54 L39 D45

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Writer:J P Fear
Date:Sunday June 28 2009
Time: 7:08PM

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Comments

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Hahaha! What a gimp.
IanSymes
28/06/2009 19:18:00
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Hahaha! What a gimp.
IanSymes
28/06/2009 19:18:00
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He was much loved and is sorely missed! Must admit at the time I was doing a lot of press for the Ellis stuff and it seemed to a man the press were dead set against the fella, he was awful with the fans, alienated Leeds as well and didn't know how to play the politics at Villa at all. Apart from that, top job! I do think the last season if not for Barry and Milner (on loan) we'd have been down.
The Fear
28/06/2009 19:28:00
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He was much loved and is sorely missed! Must admit at the time I was doing a lot of press for the Ellis stuff and it seemed to a man the press were dead set against the fella, he was awful with the fans, alienated Leeds as well and didn't know how to play the politics at Villa at all. Apart from that, top job! I do think the last season if not for Barry and Milner (on loan) we'd have been down.
The Fear
28/06/2009 19:28:00
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O'Leary took us from 6th to 16th. MON took us from 16th to 6th! There's your difference. O'Leary bought in Baros and DJDJ for £10M O'Neill bought in Ash and Carew for the same amount. Do I need to go on? What a stupid idiot he was! The reason Ellis wouldn't give him money towards the end is because he was trying to sign Bakke, Viduka and Mills. In other words trying to get his old Leeds team at the Villa. O'Leary is SH*T! Argument closed.
astvil123
28/06/2009 19:29:00
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O'Leary took us from 6th to 16th. MON took us from 16th to 6th! There's your difference. O'Leary bought in Baros and DJDJ for £10M O'Neill bought in Ash and Carew for the same amount. Do I need to go on? What a stupid idiot he was! The reason Ellis wouldn't give him money towards the end is because he was trying to sign Bakke, Viduka and Mills. In other words trying to get his old Leeds team at the Villa. O'Leary is SH*T! Argument closed.
astvil123
28/06/2009 19:29:00
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Unfair comparison, though. O'Leary, realistically, took Villa from 16th (season before he took over) to 16th, with 6th along the way, while MON has taken Villa from 16th to...wherever when he walks away, with 6th along the way.
The Real Neil
28/06/2009 19:59:00
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Unfair comparison, though. O'Leary, realistically, took Villa from 16th (season before he took over) to 16th, with 6th along the way, while MON has taken Villa from 16th to...wherever when he walks away, with 6th along the way.
The Real Neil
28/06/2009 19:59:00
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Those stats are in MON's favour, but not by much, and Dreary is is right, O'Neill has had way more money to spend.
Saurat
28/06/2009 20:25:00
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Those stats are in MON's favour, but not by much, and Dreary is is right, O'Neill has had way more money to spend.
Saurat
28/06/2009 20:25:00
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