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Time Is Right At Villa.... But For What?!


Summer's (almost) here and the time is right........but for what?

I think we just could be on the verge of a defining summer for Martin O'Neill and Villa.

We have all seen the recent conjecture surrounding MON's future.

Will it prove to be just that or will we find ourselves with a new man in charge at Villa Park next season?

Don't look at me, I don't have the answer but I do think we are in for a very interesting summer.

MON frustrated many with a perceived lack of transfer activity in his first two close seasons (not counting the one when he arrived of course, we all know he had very little time to do anything in the transfer market that year). As a result we faded badly last season, having got ourselves into a great position to finish fourth at the turn of the year. To his eternal credit he did do something about that last summer and strengthened the squad considerably. The problem being, in many peoples eyes he has since failed to use the squad he has built and we have found ourselves fading every bit as badly, if not more so, this season as we did last.

We have a far stronger squad now than we did last season. We can all see with our own eyes the way the same 11 players get picked every week, and how that same 11 players are now totally knackered long before the end of each game, we didn't need John Terry to tell us that!

Perhaps it is better not to mention the selection of Carlos Cuellar at right-back ahead of Luke Young or his seeming reluctance to either rotate the squad or to bring on substitutes off the bench. That, after all is personal opinion and I am sure there are many who are happy with it. I am not one of them.

What about our Cup runs? I hear you shout, and I certainly don't belittle them. I had two great days out at Wembley (apart from the results of course) and a particularly enjoyable freezing cold night up at Blackburn. But (and there is always a but), Cup runs have a lot to do with the luck of the draw, and in both competitions we DID have the luck of the draw this season. We didn't play a 'big' club until the final of the Carling cup and the semi-final of the FA cup and we lost both games.

Rumours abound about rifts with Randy Lerner and, more pertinently in my opinion, seriously unhappy players at Villa Park. I think we dismiss these rumours at our peril, there are just too many of them to be entirely without foundation for me. For those that don't know me, I am not MONs biggest fan, and there are many on here that know that. But I am trying hard not to let my personal feelings for the man bias this article. It is simply my belief, from all that I have seen and heard that all is not well at Villa Park, regardless of what media spin the club attempt to put on it. So, I could be wrong, and everything is hunky-dory at Villa and we will have a normal, quiet summer with a few (hopefully exciting) transfers in and a couple of fringe players leaving. It could be like that, but something tells me it won't be.

Jonah




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Writer: Jonah Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday April 17 2010

Time: 12:09PM

Your Comments

For me, I think too many draws have cost us, I got carried away at one point but start of season I said 6-8 and still think that. A quick couple of wins might brighten the picture if other results go our way though (see, the optimist in me is still fighting the good fight!)
The Fear
No way, Milly's coming to Chelsea.
JT_daniel
It will be an interesting summer, barring the 11 who start every game I reckon the fringe players will all want out this summer, thats if O'Neill (the man refusing to play them) is still around of course.
young_jonah
As it's currently configured, the squad has gone as far as it can go. I really thought you had the easier run-in and would get top four this season, but the opportunity seems to have past.
Teddy_KGB
Some of us do. I think we lack another creative midfielder (we have Milner) and a goal scorer, we have strikers that don't score and i'd rather we didn't.
Charizma
If you added the 13 draws this seaon we'd be top,our problem is we are draw kings again.6 losses to are name is top notch,cant fault it.If we can get 6th or a possible 5th,we cant complain.Keep our players,keep the gaffer and get a few like for like players to rotate,we wouldn't look bad at all next season.Oh and send heskey out on loan yo blackpool as a beach towel as he' always on the deck. UTV
jasevilla
agree chocolate teapot, don't know why the title of the article was chosen as it doesn't mean anything and ends up being YET another moan about the Kaiser. Poor
Villan444
All we need is quality up front it's as simple as that. People whinge about the amount of crosses we put in and don't score from but if we actually had some front men who attacked the ball we could do some damage. Imagine how many goals yorkie or somebody like shearer would of got in this side. Mon is really close with us now and he must know it .I can't believe he'd jack it in in the summer. Six defeats proves we're not far off. Heskey, carew out and two in. It's easy this management game.
SidGodSid
As much use as a......Where my loyalties lie? Well let's see. I have been a regular at villa park since the 67/68 season and went to quite a few games in the seasons preceeding that. I have watched villa go from the 1st to the 2nd and 3rd divs and all the way back up again. I was born villa and I will die villa. I make that at least 43 years of watching villa, or put it another way, 39 years of watching them without MON as manager. I didn't think it actually needed a great deal of intelligence to understand that it is perfectly possible to support villa without being a fan of the current manager. I thought that, but I was obviously wrong. The fact is that as soon as I said I wasn't a MON fan you seized on that to make your ridiculous comment. it makes me wonder where your true loyalties lie. Mine are to villa, yours are obviously to MON.
jonah
that is a ridiculous comment chocolate teapot. Some fans forget that it is the club you support, not always a particular manager, player, board (all the years of me moaning on and protesting re: Ellis didn't make me any less of a fan) and just because someone has a different opinion to you doesn't make them less of a fan or have to have someone go on about loyalties. Jonah is a Villan of many years, a top fan, a loyal fan and a great bloke. So what if he doesn't like this manager, his loyalties are totally in the right place, supporting AVFC
The Fear
I didn't like O'Leary or Ellis but have also been a Villa Die hard since 67 ! So that makes me disloyal does it Mr Teapot or is it just O'Neill we have to like ? I don't like MON either , I thank him for what he's done but it's time he stepped down and let someone who has the tactical awareness needed to take us further.
villan57
 

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