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Martin O'Neill, My Father

Martin O'Neill, My Father

Martin O'Neill, my father by Saurat

What I mean is, he reminds me of my father. My dad was a tv addict, every night he'd come home from work, lie horizontally on the sofa and stare at the box, every night until the day he died - of a heart
attack, surprisingly enough. But he would only buy the cheapest tv sets and he'd always be amazed when the set exploded after a year or two. Even as a young boy I couldn't understand why he didn't buy a better quality tv that would last longer, but he'd only get angry when I suggested it, and continued to buy cheap ones. He wasn't a stupid man, he worked at Aston University for over thirty years, he just had a blind-spot with money.

The result, of course, is that he ended up spending far more money replacing rubbish tv's than if he had bought a quality set to begin with. I think you can guess where I'm going with this.

I understand that MON was interested in Thomas Vermaelen but was put off buy the price, £10m. Vermaelen has been in terrific form for Arsenal and already that price tag looks like a bargain. He perhaps would have been a genuine replacement for Laursen. Of course the player was always likely to prefer a CL club, but who knows, if O'Neill had acted quickly enough and paid up smartly, perhaps we could have nicked his signature before Wenger expressed an interest.

So instead of paying £10m for a top grade CB we have spent £11m on two middling CB's. MON is probably right now sitting in his office congratulating himself, but 'value for money' is difficult to quantify in football. The money we paid for Ash now looks cheap as chips, whilst the nominal fee for Salifou was an utter waste. O'Neill has unprecedented power at Villa but surely he is not the club accountant as well as manager and chief coach? The manager shouldn't worry about getting 'a good deal', that's for Randy, the finance department - and history - to decide.

I've no doubt we have a better squad than last year, tiredness can no longer be used as an excuse for a trailing off of form, but quality wise the improvement has been incremental. We will be doing exceptionally well to hang on to a top-six finish, 7-8th is more likely. I think a lot may depend on players like Milner, Ash, Gabby, Davis and Delph stepping up their game, with the World Cup looming next year they certainly have every incentive.

It's just a shame that instead of choosing the Sony Bravia, MON, just like my dad, went for the Daewoo at Argos.

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Writer:Saurat
Date:Wednesday September 2 2009
Time: 11:44AM

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Seems the consensus Saurat, better squad depth, hurrah, but poorer quality squad. A consolidation window perhaps, one where its hard to see how the deals will push us on.
avfc48
02/09/2009 11:50:00
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Seems the consensus Saurat, better squad depth, hurrah, but poorer quality squad. A consolidation window perhaps, one where its hard to see how the deals will push us on.
avfc48
02/09/2009 11:50:00
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We up 4 players on last season plus the introduction of Albrighton, Clark and Lowry. The size of the squad is finally up to scratch in my view, but the quality is not that of a top6 side. I can only hope the 4-5-1 continues to be a success and that Agbonlahor doesn't get over-used as was the case last season, the decision not to go in for Bent still baffles me
young_jonah
02/09/2009 12:05:00
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We up 4 players on last season plus the introduction of Albrighton, Clark and Lowry. The size of the squad is finally up to scratch in my view, but the quality is not that of a top6 side. I can only hope the 4-5-1 continues to be a success and that Agbonlahor doesn't get over-used as was the case last season, the decision not to go in for Bent still baffles me
young_jonah
02/09/2009 12:05:00
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Not sure I agree...Dunne is a 4 time player of the year at Man City...and Warnock, Downing, Beye and Delph were all held in very high regard by the suporters of their resective clubs... These might not be the global superstar players we all wanted to see...but they are all players of very high quality... I think we should allow time to tell if MON got it right... but I'm actually pleased with how this window has finished
keithlees1978
02/09/2009 12:05:00
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Not sure I agree...Dunne is a 4 time player of the year at Man City...and Warnock, Downing, Beye and Delph were all held in very high regard by the suporters of their resective clubs... These might not be the global superstar players we all wanted to see...but they are all players of very high quality... I think we should allow time to tell if MON got it right... but I'm actually pleased with how this window has finished
keithlees1978
02/09/2009 12:05:00
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A fair and reasonable assessment of our position. I fear, Saurat, that you may be right. That being said, I hope you are wrong and that the newcomers quickly meld into the team and we go forward to achieve better results than last year. We really have no excuse for failure except a tardiness in the transfer market that has already been dicussed ad nauseam.
Obediah
02/09/2009 12:08:00
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A fair and reasonable assessment of our position. I fear, Saurat, that you may be right. That being said, I hope you are wrong and that the newcomers quickly meld into the team and we go forward to achieve better results than last year. We really have no excuse for failure except a tardiness in the transfer market that has already been dicussed ad nauseam.
Obediah
02/09/2009 12:08:00
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Anyone of them must be better than Davies , I would even play Heskey at C/Back than Davies sell him xmas if we could get good pirce for him , say 2m.
trusme
02/09/2009 12:11:00
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Anyone of them must be better than Davies , I would even play Heskey at C/Back than Davies sell him xmas if we could get good pirce for him , say 2m.
trusme
02/09/2009 12:11:00
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