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Tired Of It All?

Article submission by avfc48

Tired of it all

Awful performance, yada yada no clue, no tactics, yes and yes and yes.

What really matters though is like it or not our erstwhile owner is not giving any impression of an immediate change so O'Neill is here to stay.

That's a big worry. Not for the usual well used excuses either, no point in going over old ground just because I've been proved right again, none at all.

What has worried me since the Moscow mess and the subsequent fallout, is that O'Neill doesn't look to me to be on his game. Towards the end of last season his lack of enthusiasm was evident for all to see, his excuses became more repetitive than ever, and he did nothing on the pitch to change an awful run.

In the closed season he went to ground for a long time and when he surfaced it was only to reiterate old excuses, old lines of rhetoric, so poor it began to look like direct quotes from the Ellis book of 'its not my fault excuses'

Still I lived in hope that after the summer rest he'd be back full of his bubbly optimism, full of new hope for the future, new promises, new ideas, a reinvigorated little jumping bean on the touchline. Instead he gives us a pronouncement on how Man City had ruined what chances we had of achieving anything. He rather pathetically came out with the we will improve the squad if we are able in these hard times. He didn't look happy, he didn't look or sound confident for the upcoming season he was just, well, nothing really.

Then came the first match, yes I've deliberately ignored the pathetic transfer stuff, for good reason, he chose an awful side, so weak even the most ardent O'Neill fan was seen scratching his head trying to find optimistic justification.

What really worried me was the view of him on the touchline all through the second half. He looked depressed, disinterested a man with other things on his mind. He looked to be going through the motions. His after match walk off the pitch was slow and miserable and his subsequent excuses have been even by his awful standards abysmal.

Add in the rumours of player unrest, few signings yet, even General K has retracted or nearly completed superb you turns on recent answers to some questions I wonder how bad the behind the scenes are.

O'Neill is performing like a manager who knows his club are being relegated and there are 3 ie not enough matches left. Thing is there are plenty left, so why does he look, act and sound tired of it all after 1
defeat, humiliating though it was.

I like the bloke, I don't rate him as good as many, but I like the bloke, but I'm genuinely worried he's not now, enjoying his job.

Its my club in the end that will suffer most.

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Writer:avfc48
Date:Tuesday August 18 2009
Time: 6:41PM

Comments

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ashley if u have any sense get out this mediocre club and join a team with ambition no offense villa fans but u know its the truth
Hackspur
18/08/2009 19:00:00
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ashley if u have any sense get out this mediocre club and join a team with ambition no offense villa fans but u know its the truth
Hackspur
18/08/2009 19:00:00
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Remember at the fag end of last season, around the abysmal run of Stoke, Man Citeh, Spurs? MON was saying stuff like "a win is just around the corner", repeat, "a win is just around the corner". Its a bit like that once great defender Tony Adams relying on a lucky tie when Portsmouth were struggling. Can anyone imagine Fergie, Wenger, Benitez, Moyes or even Martinez, keeping everything crossed and begging the tooth fairy for a victory, or relying on magic neckpieces? Great managers drop under performing players, replace non-scoring strikers and try new tactics, formations and techniques. Does MON do any of those things? Doesn't seem like it. Winning sides don't believe in "hoodoo's" or "the rub of the green". Unless, the current Villa set-up approach the game using the old grey matter, they'll vanish into the nowhereland of mid-table from, whose murky depths few teams re-emerge.
VillaWillRiseAgain
18/08/2009 19:01:00
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Remember at the fag end of last season, around the abysmal run of Stoke, Man Citeh, Spurs? MON was saying stuff like "a win is just around the corner", repeat, "a win is just around the corner". Its a bit like that once great defender Tony Adams relying on a lucky tie when Portsmouth were struggling. Can anyone imagine Fergie, Wenger, Benitez, Moyes or even Martinez, keeping everything crossed and begging the tooth fairy for a victory, or relying on magic neckpieces? Great managers drop under performing players, replace non-scoring strikers and try new tactics, formations and techniques. Does MON do any of those things? Doesn't seem like it. Winning sides don't believe in "hoodoo's" or "the rub of the green". Unless, the current Villa set-up approach the game using the old grey matter, they'll vanish into the nowhereland of mid-table from, whose murky depths few teams re-emerge.
VillaWillRiseAgain
18/08/2009 19:01:00
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You as a club remind me of us 3 years ago in every sense. A big club under achieving for years - suddenly you last year found your selves rejuvinated and had a great season and narrowly missed out on CL footy with a young, talented team. The following season you lost some key core players (Barry Laursen/ Carrick - King injured - but the pressure remained higher than ever. Then you choked and calls for MONs head were made (Just like what happened to Jol) The board and many fans panicked and Ramos was brought in to save our season but what id actually achieved was setting us back 2 seasons. Only now in the last few months do we look a very good team again. Believe me the very last thing you want to do is get rid of MON - hes a top manager and hes made you into a good side again. Keep the faith
HuddersfieldYiddo
18/08/2009 19:09:00
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You as a club remind me of us 3 years ago in every sense. A big club under achieving for years - suddenly you last year found your selves rejuvinated and had a great season and narrowly missed out on CL footy with a young, talented team. The following season you lost some key core players (Barry Laursen/ Carrick - King injured - but the pressure remained higher than ever. Then you choked and calls for MONs head were made (Just like what happened to Jol) The board and many fans panicked and Ramos was brought in to save our season but what id actually achieved was setting us back 2 seasons. Only now in the last few months do we look a very good team again. Believe me the very last thing you want to do is get rid of MON - hes a top manager and hes made you into a good side again. Keep the faith
HuddersfieldYiddo
18/08/2009 19:09:00
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Good point VillaWillRiseAgain. No plan B and he seems to have been found out. I agree with most of AVFC48's points too. Interviews leave him stumbling and with Gareth leaving, maybe others have lost the faith too. Maybe Randy's skint or losing patience (along with the fans) as to our appalling form since Laursen last played. SURELY it can't all be down to ONE F'ing player????
Villan444
18/08/2009 19:11:00
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Good point VillaWillRiseAgain. No plan B and he seems to have been found out. I agree with most of AVFC48's points too. Interviews leave him stumbling and with Gareth leaving, maybe others have lost the faith too. Maybe Randy's skint or losing patience (along with the fans) as to our appalling form since Laursen last played. SURELY it can't all be down to ONE F'ing player????
Villan444
18/08/2009 19:11:00
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I agree AVFC48 with what you are saying. The passion and excitement that he once had isn't there at present. I recall he resigned from the Hoops to spend more time with his sick wife, maybe this is another case of family related things effecting his work. So much in fact he's in a bit of disbelief himself. Maybe he felt his vision of great things at villa park should've been enough for Barry to stay but it just wasnt and when a bigger clubs who are offering a bigger vision with the compensation that if they fail, they'll still pick up a fortune. MON is from the day in age where winning things took place over money. and these days money talks sadly. I like MON and i hope he comes good in the end.
VillaSlice
18/08/2009 19:21:00
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I agree AVFC48 with what you are saying. The passion and excitement that he once had isn't there at present. I recall he resigned from the Hoops to spend more time with his sick wife, maybe this is another case of family related things effecting his work. So much in fact he's in a bit of disbelief himself. Maybe he felt his vision of great things at villa park should've been enough for Barry to stay but it just wasnt and when a bigger clubs who are offering a bigger vision with the compensation that if they fail, they'll still pick up a fortune. MON is from the day in age where winning things took place over money. and these days money talks sadly. I like MON and i hope he comes good in the end.
VillaSlice
18/08/2009 19:21:00
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