Writer: J P Fear
Date:Tuesday June 30 2009
Sir Dennis of Mortimer has told the Birmingham Mail that Villa need up to five players in order to challenge next season.
The former Villa captain and European Cup winner said that Villa were still 'woefully short' last season despite spending money last summer and so it is obvious we need more depth, especially as we are once again in Europe.
He also says what a few fans have been wondering recently, whether Villa need to re-focus in order to bring some silverware to Villa Park?
'A lot will depend on whether the manager sets his sights on the top four again with everything else going by the board. ‘A top-four finish and nothing else – the Champions League being what it’s all about. As for Villa fans, I would say winning the title wouldn’t be a bad aim. That’s what I would want as a fan. Other than that they’d want to see them winning some kind of trophy and that would mean playing your best team and getting some sort of consistency.'
He says, rightly in my humble opinion, 'It is trophies that matter' and says if we have not qualified for the Champions League but do pick up a trophy, then the season will be a success.
He also says just because some clubs like Manchester City are spending big it doesn't guarantee them success but bringing in the right players does help!
'And the one thing I can say about Martin O’Neill is that he will get the right players.'
Date:Tuesday June 30 2009
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