Vital Football

Latest Aston Villa News

Villa Boss In Storm In A Tea Cup With Fan

Villa Boss In Storm In A Tea Cup With Fan

The BBC reported after the game today v West Ham that there had been an argument between Martin O'Neill and some fans.

Another report said that there was half a dozen stewards around the dug-out at the end of the game.

OK, storm in a tea cup time.

I sit right by the bench on the front row, at the end of games there are always at least 4 or 5 stewards, the regular two who walk the refs off the pitch, a couple of more senior stewards then a few who line down from where I sit and onward to the tunnel.

No change at all happened today on that score.

There wasn't that major an incident, MON reacted to a comment by a fan or fans. Some were calling for a striker on, others to just make a substitution etc. I didn't hear any bad language but that isn't to say there wasn't any, I - and no one around me - heard any though.

MON did react and I think he was wrong unless something vile was said his way. His retort was 'that is why I stand here and you sit there you tw*t'.

Not really what I expect to hear and most especially not as there are ladies and young kids who also sit around by us. Then again, none of us are perfect at football all the time, should the managers be?

The worst filth I've heard was aimed at Graham Taylor the second time. He took dogs abuse, vile stuff and yet he stood stoically and ignored it. Tends to diffuse the situation in my opinion but it isn't always easy. John Gregory used to be good because he would join in with banter. David O'Leary was the worst. For the fact he was an awful bloke, he didn't take much in the way of vile abuse, more 'we aren't fickle, we just don't like you' stuff but he would always react and often go back for more. This isn't the first time MON has reacted. I called over today when he started to get really annoyed by whatever the comment was to just ignore it, he doesn't need to show people who heckle that they can get a rise out of him in my opinion (for what that is worth, which lets face it, isn't much!) but it was all over in less than a minute.

What worries me now is this might make the press - like MON's comments on the booing Gabby (when people weren't booing Gabby!) - and make us ALL look bad. I've not known such devout support for a manager before. I know a few times when I've uttered something about a match I've often had a good slap down because you are deemed to be criticising the manager, so I REALLY don't think there is a problem with the fans or the crowds at Villa Park. There are always going to be a minority who don't agree with any manager, should that matter to the man at the top - and that is what a manager is lets face it - we all have opinions on football, who we would buy, play, formations etc but only ONE person has THE opinion that counts.

Surely you have to be secure in that knowledge when you are the man in charge?

Football is a pressure game though and recently MON was saying most managers are only two games away from a crisis. The flipside surely is they are very well compensated for being managers? I'm not sure I would like the job but I'd certainly like a million or more a year in cold hard cash! So a storm in a tea cup and no more. MON did say after the game it wasn't a big issue and joked it was his brother he was having a go at. All I hope is this isn't now blown up by the press, it was a silly incident over quicker than a blink of an eye (if you blink your eyes very slowly!) and out of a crowd of more than 35 000, if 5 or 6 people are heckling, I'm not sure it is a major problem - unless they are heckling me, then grab the lifeboats and get me out of there..!

Hopefully this will be ignored by the nationals, if not it will again reflect badly on us and those who spend their money and go down to games don't deserve that in my very humble opinion. Could have been worse I guess, he could have called me a tw*t!


Bookmark and Share


Join Vital Villa

It's easy to register for Vital Villa, simply click the link and enjoy getting involved! Message Board. To visit the Vital Villa message board, click here.

.



Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:J P Fear
Date:Sunday January 17 2010
Time: 8:33PM

Comments

0
did he really say 'that is why I stand here and you sit there you tw*t'.
meakers
17/01/2010 21:35:00
0
did he really say 'that is why I stand here and you sit there you tw*t'.
meakers
17/01/2010 21:35:00
0
feck me are some people that pure as the driven snow - it's a passionate game and MON did nowt wrong!
merlin
17/01/2010 21:39:00
0
feck me are some people that pure as the driven snow - it's a passionate game and MON did nowt wrong!
merlin
17/01/2010 21:39:00
0
Wonder if Fear will be quoted in the press tomorrow?
murph
17/01/2010 21:46:00
0
Wonder if Fear will be quoted in the press tomorrow?
murph
17/01/2010 21:46:00
0
Needs to buy a striker that can shoot then doesnt he. Job done
Raunds Villain
17/01/2010 22:11:00
0
Needs to buy a striker that can shoot then doesnt he. Job done
Raunds Villain
17/01/2010 22:11:00
0
I dont feel M'on should be reacting to fans shouts (if as you presumed they were not vile & just having there say), but I have to admit I have wanted to turn round & yell to the odd fan here & there to do one!!! Some ppl just seem to turn up to hate the villa or so it would seem & are very derogatory in there comments( you pay your money your entitled blah, blah ), but hopefully it is nothing as in what is a very passionate atmosphere sometimes the odd silly exchange can happen...we all want the same thing at the end of the day after all.....( rumour has it reo - coker was sitting in the crowd a few rows back...hhmm i wonder..lol)
marcobavfc
17/01/2010 22:26:00
0
I dont feel M'on should be reacting to fans shouts (if as you presumed they were not vile & just having there say), but I have to admit I have wanted to turn round & yell to the odd fan here & there to do one!!! Some ppl just seem to turn up to hate the villa or so it would seem & are very derogatory in there comments( you pay your money your entitled blah, blah ), but hopefully it is nothing as in what is a very passionate atmosphere sometimes the odd silly exchange can happen...we all want the same thing at the end of the day after all.....( rumour has it reo - coker was sitting in the crowd a few rows back...hhmm i wonder..lol)
marcobavfc
17/01/2010 22:26:00
Page 1/7
  1. 1
  2. 2
  3. 3
  4. 4
  5. 5
  6. 6
  7. 7

Login to post a comment

Recent Aston Villa Articles

The Decline Of Aston Villa...

A decent two page spread in The Sun today with a few quotes from me. Here was my full answer to their question...

Match Day Officials v Liverpool

The Premier League have now announced the Match Day officials that will take charge of the game against Liverpool this weekend.

The Aston Villa Walking Wounded - Injury Table

Our weekly update looking at the injury table for Aston Villa and also comparing with all our competitors in the Premier League.

Bunn - The Fans Spurred Us On

Goalkeeper and now No 1 Mark Bunn has said he feels the turning point in Villa's season was seeing the fans frustration up front and close in the FA Cup game against...

Archived Vital Villa Articles

Vital Villa articles from

Site Journalists

J P Fear
Profile
Mike Field
Profile
Steve Wade
Profile
Villa_Grizzly
Profile
Turkish Penguin
Profile
Glensider
Profile
Chris Heath
Profile
M Calucar
Profile
JuanPablo Angel
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

Norwich MotM
Suggested By: Site Staff
Bunn5%
Richards1%
Okore11%
Lescott7%
Cissokho0%
Bacuna0%
Gana32%
Westwood1%
Gil7%
Agbonlahor28%
Veretout7%
Sub - Clark1%
ScoopDragon Premier League Network Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Leicester City 25 15 8 2 53 20
2 Spurs 25 13 9 3 48 26
3 Arsenal 25 14 6 5 48 17
4 Man City 25 14 5 6 47 21
5 Man Utd 25 11 8 6 41 10
6 West Ham 25 10 9 6 39 9
7 Southampton 25 10 7 8 37 9
8 Everton 25 8 11 6 35 12
9 Liverpool 25 9 8 8 35 -4
10 Watford 25 9 6 10 33 0
11 Stoke 25 9 6 10 33 -7
12 Crystal Palace 25 9 5 11 32 -4
13 Chelsea 25 7 9 9 30 -2
14 WBA 25 7 8 10 29 -9
15 AFC Bournemouth 25 7 7 11 28 -12
16 Swansea 25 6 9 10 27 -9
17 Newcastle 25 6 6 13 24 -18
18 Norwich 25 6 5 14 23 -20
19 Sunderland 25 5 5 15 20 -19
20 Aston Villa 25 3 7 15 16 -20
Vital Football Comment
Latest F1 News
F1 set for spending frenzy according to Newey
Latest Vital Boxing News
Mystic Haye?
Write for Vital Football

Aston Villa Fixtures (view all)

Feb 14 2016 2:05PM : Liverpool (H)
Barclays Premier League
Feb 27 2016 3:00PM : Stoke City (a)
Barclays Premier League
Mar 1 2016 7:45PM : Everton (H)
Barclays Premier League
Mar 5 2016 3:00PM : Manchester City (a)
Barclays Premier League
Mar 12 2016 3:00PM : Tottenham Hotspur (H)
Barclays Premier League
Mar 19 2016 5:30PM : Swansea City (a)
Barclays Premier League

Recent Aston Villa Results (view all)

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.Pride of Lions542
2.The Fear315
3.ClivetheVillan272
4.Fulford255
5.sirdennis191
6.JuanPabloAngel179
7.revdpete174
8.DeanoVilla149
9.Wurzel116
10.Silhillvilla93
The Vital Football Members League