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MON Back From Moon To Answer Future Questions

A decent set of quotes in the Guardian today - Martin O'Neill refuses to commit long-term future to Aston Villa

Not sure about the headline, he has had a rolling contract for years, it was the same at Celtic and he has explained a few times, that he doesn't think the contracts are worth that much these days and that he would be embarrassed to have a five year deal sitting on the bench if things weren't going well. Also, not really sure how long term any managers are, there seems a relatively sensible 4-5 year cycle for many, there are exceptions most notably Sir Chewalot at Manchester United and Arsene Didn'tseeit at Arsenal - but David Moyes at Everton, arguably for different reasons with the latter - I'd say he was good enough for a 'bigger' job (not many clubs bigger than Everton, so that isn't a dig at the Toffees) but the trend has gone against using such managers.

Anyway, O'Neill has slammed reports from earlier in the week ( Hogwash! MON Has NOT Handed In His Notice ) albeit he's refused to deny that he spent some of the last week on the moon ( Martin O'Neill Has Been Found On The Moon ) yet another Vital scoop?

He also says he hasn't fallen out with Villa owner Randy Lerner.

Full quotes: Martin O'Neill refuses to commit long-term future to Aston Villa

'There is not an ounce of truth in the story that I have had a fall-out with Randy Lerner. In fact, he called me earlier in the week to see where these stories were coming from. He was pretty surprised and also very supportive and it was good to hear that. I have been delighted with the investment put into the club. I have been allowed to invest £80m on players.'

Adding, it isn't true he wants to walk away now with so much still to play for.

'I will assess everything at the end of the season. I will sit down with the chairman and see where we are going. There will be a number of determining factors - the supporters, the chairman - who will have a big part in proceedings, and I will also play a part because it is my life. I will assess everything at the end of the season. I am contracted on a yearly basis and would hope to continue.'

So there you go, I'm sure we can all settle down, watch the end of the season and then wait for him, the owner and obviously the noise from the crowds at the games to dictate what happens next!

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Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday April 1 2010

Time: 5:37PM

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I do hope that the fans that MoN listens to are those at VP, not those on some of the blogs and forums. I get the impression that some of the comments on the 'net come from Small Heath.
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01/04/2010 17:46:00

andy5759. You really are a tool. You've posted that nonsense on other forums. Naturally, anyone who criticises O'Neill hates Aston Villa, because in your mind O'Neill is bigger than the club. The logical conclusion is that you aren't a Villa fan but an O'Neill fan. However, I am aware that logic is something you aren't familiar with. I don't doubt that you are in fact a Villa fan. And neither do I doubt that you are a fool. How can you expect anyone to take anything you say seriously? You really ought to think seriously about that.
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01/04/2010 18:09:00

MON wouldn't be on any of these sites andy, no fear there and also he keeps his own counsel from what I can tell, he wouldn't let others deflect from that I am pretty sure. He wouldn't want to listen to some of the fans by the bench mind you, some aren't that impressed! lol (That isn't me by the way, I am busy on the refs back and banging the life out of the boardings. That reminds me, I've busted three of the rivots, must ask Villa to fix them!)
The Fear
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01/04/2010 18:11:00

no one is a tool Albarnista! Debate the points not the poster gents. Everyone is allowed their view here.
The Fear
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01/04/2010 18:31:00

Longman, you say you're with andy 5759. Does that mean you also subscribe to this 'idea' that criticism of O'Neill equates to being a Bluenose? I don't think criticism during the game is useful, but what people say on internet forums is a completely different thing to what people say and do at Villa Park.
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01/04/2010 18:34:00

football wouldn't be footy without fans moaning!
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01/04/2010 21:19:00

"Villa wouldn't be Villa Fans without fans moaning!" fixed it for you merlin
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01/04/2010 23:36:00

dam, i wish you could edit these posts
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01/04/2010 23:37:00

Damn it!! Wanted him to leave,he`s done all he can here i think.
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02/04/2010 06:31:00

I think you'd be upset working hard all season to stay in touch with the top 6 clubs only to got and get duffed up at Chelsea. It must have been a shock to say the least, I think the rest of us did not believe it. MOM is a good manager, I hope he stays, The Premier needs Managers like him.
Buzz Lightyear
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02/04/2010 06:58:00

but who would we get if he left?
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02/04/2010 07:22:00

I would like Martin to stay but he is far from being above criticism .
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02/04/2010 08:34:00

Spot on Doug4ever, but I sometimes get the impression he would beg to differ.
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02/04/2010 08:50:00

Has anyone seen MoN's statement following the press conference? This from the official site: "In light of ongoing and perplexing reports - despite my efforts to bring clarity to the situation earlier today - I would like to reiterate one or two points which, to me, are essential. Every summer, since taking this job in August 2006, I have sat down and discussed the season in general with my chairman, Randy Lerner, attempting also to formulate plans for how we hope to keep improving the club year on year. This summer will be no different. I have a yearly rolling contract and I hope to continue to do a job, the challenges of which I enjoy immensely." Martin O'Neill There we go...and something we all wanted to hear....some clarity from the man himself. Now, lets all put this behind us, move on, get behind our team. We're here because we're Villa fans, because both on and off the pitch concerns us. Our manager has said he loves the club and what he's doing, has the support from the chairman, which i believe,and wants to continue. One result does not make our season neither does it decide our destiny. Let the media have a frenzy and call us one season wonders. We still have 7 games to go plus a semi-final.Get behind our team lads.....we are THE VILLA!
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02/04/2010 08:50:00

I want Martin Laursen as manager,and he can appoint what coaches he likes,failing that Moyes,Jol,Zaccheroni,Hodgson are 4 names you could maybe throw in the pot.
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02/04/2010 09:21:00

Martin thinks he is bigger than the club and has never ever said once that he loves being at Aston Villa.
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02/04/2010 09:22:00

wow its a snowball rolling down a hill.....gathering size and speed..... lets just beat bolton eh?
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02/04/2010 11:18:00

***** this, if he goes its down to us the supportes, why are we booing ? To wemberlys, could have a 3rd wembely, almost top4, best things in years.
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02/04/2010 13:11:00

Tr1dent - could you imagine what a Moyes or Hodgson would have done with the money MON has spent? 7th and a league cup final would have been the least they`d have expected themselves to achieve.
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02/04/2010 13:23:00

Look, he's our Manager we have a big game at Bolton and an FA Cup Semi coming up and are still in contention to finish in the Europa places. MON leaving now would not benefit the club in any way...let's all get behind him and the team, shout our bloody lungs out for the Claret and Blue and see what happens in the summer. Yes, the Europa Cup is a poisoned chalice since UEFA ballsed up the format....but remember the Ajax game at Villa Park....more of that please.......
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02/04/2010 14:45:00

ASPINALL, Hodgson is flavour of the month at the minute, but if he was here for 6 months you'd turn on him, I'd hate to have you watching my back in a fight as your the type to flee and be disloyal, or sh&g your best mates bird
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