Writer: J P Fear
Date:Thursday April 1 2010
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!
Date:Thursday April 1 2010
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