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Martin O'Neill Should Be Next Man Utd Boss?!

Well, one minute we are being told that Martin O'Neill should be the next England manager (Warnock - O'Neill Should Be Next England Boss!) now we have him being touted as the next Manchester United boss.

What is so wrong with him being Villa manager and building an empire here?!

Then again, there is little loyalty in this game, it is a job and players / managers come and go with the best offers and biggest wages, no different to the 'real world' really is it?

Anyway, former England striker and now BBC presenter Gary Lineker has told the Mail online that MON is perfect for Man Utd.

Full article: www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football

My mate lives (what? I do have mates, why is that so funny?!?!) in Manchester and assures me that some of the Utd fans already refer to MON as future united manager! Personally I think Jose Mourinho might be in line, then again, could they put up with his style and swagger?!

Linekar said in the Mail 'His credentials will surely make him one for the short list. I championed Martin’s candidacy for the England job when Sven Goran Eriksson went because I was convinced he ticked all the boxes.'

Adding 'It has been a significant reason why he has improved the status of every club he has managed. Another has been careful but very shrewd player judgment which has earned him a tremendous record for getting value for money in the transfer market, albeit with a tardiness bordering on frustrating indecision. Nobody could accuse him of not looking very carefully before he leaps.'

Suppose the biggest question, as Sir Alex Chewalot and MON face off next Sunday in the League Cup final, is how long Alex Ferguson will keep going for and would they go for O'Neill who certainly won't be the youngest option out there.

Time will tell. In the meantime, I don't think I'll lose any sleep over it, knowing Fergie, he'll be there in 10 years time!!!


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Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday February 21 2010

Time: 10:46AM

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ho hum.
The Fear
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21/02/2010 10:48:00

ho hum.
The Fear
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21/02/2010 10:48:00

"What is so wrong with him being Villa manager and building an empire here?!" - Absolutely F all!
JayVFC
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21/02/2010 11:00:00

"What is so wrong with him being Villa manager and building an empire here?!" - Absolutely F all!
JayVFC
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21/02/2010 11:00:00

Empire? MON? pmsl
villan of the north
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21/02/2010 11:04:00

Empire? MON? pmsl
villan of the north
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21/02/2010 11:04:00

i smell manure.. besides after their tonking y'day it'll be David Moyes name that heads the list. They just love a good jock up at OT
JeffBeck-TheLeftSide
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21/02/2010 11:23:00

i smell manure.. besides after their tonking y'day it'll be David Moyes name that heads the list. They just love a good jock up at OT
JeffBeck-TheLeftSide
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21/02/2010 11:23:00

"after their tonking y'day it'll be David Moyes name that heads the list" ..isn;t that the truth!!
magicmerson
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21/02/2010 12:20:00

"after their tonking y'day it'll be David Moyes name that heads the list" ..isn;t that the truth!!
magicmerson
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21/02/2010 12:20:00

Er, Mourinho is the only person that'll go to Man U, with Hiddink as the outisde bet. No-one else is even close.
koolbill
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21/02/2010 14:42:00

Er, Mourinho is the only person that'll go to Man U, with Hiddink as the outisde bet. No-one else is even close.
koolbill
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21/02/2010 14:42:00

Man Utd cant afford ONeill - Theyre skint!!!
HuddersfieldYiddo
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21/02/2010 18:25:00

Man Utd cant afford ONeill - Theyre skint!!!
HuddersfieldYiddo
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21/02/2010 18:25:00

All the great managers with ambition have built things from scratch and made clubs in their own image. O'Neill can do that at Villa. Following Fergie will be a lose-lose job for a good few years and no manager with genuine savvy and self-respect will give it a go, surely? I can see Man Utd appointing from within like Barcelona have done with Pep G. The likes of Giggs, Neville etc. have all been with Fergie for the best part of twenty years and could be given a shot. Failing that, it will be a youngish continental coach with plenty of European experience and proven success. The other thing that tells me O'Neill is up for the long haul at Villa is the time he is taking with the rebuilding job. He is doing it slow and steady and at his own pace. Considering he is in his late fifties, I assume (and hope) this approach means he wants to take us somewhere. The press might not be able to comprehend it, but maybe he has the ambition of becoming a true great? Winning leagues at Villa will give him that. Winning leagues at Man Utd won't. He'll simply be the man who followed Fergie - he'll have it all to lose. If O'Neill wants to be up there with Clough, Shanks, Chapman, Ramsay/McGregor, Busby, Fergie etc. Villa Park, compared to Old Trafford, is far and away the best place to be. Don't expect the football media to see it that way, though! They will try and unsettle us and have football ordered the way they see fit. Hopefully MON's intelligence and vision for Villa will be far greater than the blinkered view of Fleet Street's finest. I hope Randy is constantly telling him: "Martin, you can do it all right here."
donegalvillan
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21/02/2010 19:50:00

All the great managers with ambition have built things from scratch and made clubs in their own image. O'Neill can do that at Villa. Following Fergie will be a lose-lose job for a good few years and no manager with genuine savvy and self-respect will give it a go, surely? I can see Man Utd appointing from within like Barcelona have done with Pep G. The likes of Giggs, Neville etc. have all been with Fergie for the best part of twenty years and could be given a shot. Failing that, it will be a youngish continental coach with plenty of European experience and proven success. The other thing that tells me O'Neill is up for the long haul at Villa is the time he is taking with the rebuilding job. He is doing it slow and steady and at his own pace. Considering he is in his late fifties, I assume (and hope) this approach means he wants to take us somewhere. The press might not be able to comprehend it, but maybe he has the ambition of becoming a true great? Winning leagues at Villa will give him that. Winning leagues at Man Utd won't. He'll simply be the man who followed Fergie - he'll have it all to lose. If O'Neill wants to be up there with Clough, Shanks, Chapman, Ramsay/McGregor, Busby, Fergie etc. Villa Park, compared to Old Trafford, is far and away the best place to be. Don't expect the football media to see it that way, though! They will try and unsettle us and have football ordered the way they see fit. Hopefully MON's intelligence and vision for Villa will be far greater than the blinkered view of Fleet Street's finest. I hope Randy is constantly telling him: "Martin, you can do it all right here."
donegalvillan
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21/02/2010 19:50:00

I would comfortably bet a tenna that O'Neil never manages Utd. He has never managed world class, star players (sorry Martin A Young is not world class yet!) ~ would be interesting to see but I firmly believe he'll be at the mighty Villa for a long time to come!
davidsands1982
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22/02/2010 08:58:00

I would comfortably bet a tenna that O'Neil never manages Utd. He has never managed world class, star players (sorry Martin A Young is not world class yet!) ~ would be interesting to see but I firmly believe he'll be at the mighty Villa for a long time to come!
davidsands1982
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22/02/2010 08:58:00

I think it is already a done deal for Mouriniho to be honest. It would be perfect for him managing arguably one of the biggest clubs on the planet.
Stig
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22/02/2010 09:16:00

I think it is already a done deal for Mouriniho to be honest. It would be perfect for him managing arguably one of the biggest clubs on the planet.
Stig
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22/02/2010 09:16:00

I agree davisands1982, apart from one bit, I think Martin Laursen was world class, but I know what you mean in terms of the 'big' personalities.
ant1ant1
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22/02/2010 17:13:00

I agree davisands1982, apart from one bit, I think Martin Laursen was world class, but I know what you mean in terms of the 'big' personalities.
ant1ant1
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22/02/2010 17:13:00

MON rules the roost at Villa park, he is in control of every aspect because Mr Lerner leaves it all in his trust, Villa have no debt and are very much on the assendancy, he would not be in total charge at Utd and would inherit a massive club Debt of 800m. There is no-way he would leave.
johnmurphy3112
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22/02/2010 19:13:00

MON rules the roost at Villa park, he is in control of every aspect because Mr Lerner leaves it all in his trust, Villa have no debt and are very much on the assendancy, he would not be in total charge at Utd and would inherit a massive club Debt of 800m. There is no-way he would leave.
johnmurphy3112
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22/02/2010 19:13:00

Hope you manage to hang on to him , always rated Martin O'Neill and he seems to be taking you upwards. Take Rooney out of the United equation and watch them slide, how the hell are they going to square that debt ? That was an impressive 10 minutes on Sunday by the way , just a shame it was against us.
WelshClaret
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22/02/2010 22:41:00

Hope you manage to hang on to him , always rated Martin O'Neill and he seems to be taking you upwards. Take Rooney out of the United equation and watch them slide, how the hell are they going to square that debt ? That was an impressive 10 minutes on Sunday by the way , just a shame it was against us.
WelshClaret
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22/02/2010 22:41:00

Fair point 'ant1ant1', I'm not going to dispute that :-)
davidsands1982
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23/02/2010 10:36:00

Fair point 'ant1ant1', I'm not going to dispute that :-)
davidsands1982
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23/02/2010 10:36:00

donegalvillan, well said sir, wise words.
andy5759
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23/02/2010 21:52:00

donegalvillan, well said sir, wise words.
andy5759
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