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Villa Boss Looking To Stay On Next Season

Neil Moxley of the Daily Mail has a long interview with Martin O'Neill today.

Makes for interesting reading with the Villa boss saying he has earnt the right to stay and finish the job. The full article can be seen here:

He is asked if he is leaving this summer or if he wants to stay:

'You have asked me a question about whether I'll be here next season. I would really hope to be. I think I've earned that right. As far as I'm concerned it's straightforward.'

He does concede that it isn't just down to him, he had hinted otherwise a few weeks back and added in this report that it is also up to fans and the chairman as well as himself. If you remember he said he'd think about his options in the summer as he rightly pointed out, it is his life! This is what set off all the rumours. MON said a few weeks back: 'If this season has turned out pretty well, great. If it hasn't, I will sit and assess things then with my employer, the chairman.'

Neil Moxley says in his report when asked about this During yesterday's press briefing, it was as if that incident had never happened. Quite what has altered the O'Neill mindset is unclear.

MON also spent time telling the press that Villa do not intend to sell their star players like James Milner and Ashley Young (see numerous press articles on them being linked with all and sundry)

Neil then goes into the following questions:


His opinion: Certainly cooler than it was four years ago. It's been documented that the pair had a major falling out during January when the manager asked for the funds to add another two players to his squad. Since then, they have made up.


The media would like to take credit for their forensic examination of the manager after the seven-goal rout by Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. The truth is that O'Neill offered up that whole justification of his previous four years in charge without prompting.


Where Neil says the fans and message boards are divided on the Villa boss. I must admit I don't think this is any different to any of our previous managers. Some loved John Gregory for instance, others were dead set against him. Not everyone - including some players - loved Ron Saunders, the point is you don't actually have to like them do you!??! It is an interesting debate with MON. I agree with Neil that the Moscow incident did 'upset a core support' but then there are those who were able to 'defend' and more than justify why he'd done it. There are all sorts of rumours about MON also, that maybe doesn't help, nor does his comments directed to fans sometimes (if he made it clear he was talking about a minority, again, that might sold the problem?!)

More questions covered in the report:


And the million dollar question:


Tongues have wagged recently, particularly as Hughes's former No 2, Mark Bowen, watched the Everton game at Villa Park.

Certainly the reaction to the links to Hughes recently didn't go down that well in comments I read. Only thing I'd say is I don't care who is linked as a replacement when we already have a manager in place. Why worry about something that is probably not happening?!?!

Thing is, if he wants to stay and is settled and thinks he can take Villa forward, why won't / can't he commit his future properly with more than just a rolling contract? Surely a 12 month rolling deal leaves his future wide open to speculation every season?

The full article:

Stay or go, whatever, I just hope the discussions with Randy Lerner are done VERY quickly at the end of the season (before holidays and other delays) and that it is communicated straight away to us fans, we pay the money and deserve the respect to be informed clearly who the manager is next season surely? The 'will he - won't he' does no good at all, especially in trying to keep players at Villa Park and hopefully attract new ones in.

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Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday April 21 2010

Time: 9:29AM

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I still believe Villa is the biggest job MON could manage. Man Utd are not going to want to a 60 year old to replace SAF when he retires in a couple of years. Liverpool are not all that attractive a proposition with their finances, and Capello is gonna be at England for a long time. Celtic are the only realistic option for MON, and they say "never go back", so unless he fancies a challenge lower down I genuinely believe Aston Villa will be MON's last job in football.
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21/04/2010 09:40:00

I hope so Jonah, i know u disagree but i believe Mon could make us a top 4 side but i also believe that may take another few years and is dependent on continued player investment by Randy, my only problem is that he doesnt rotate enough, but thats a small critisism.
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21/04/2010 10:22:00

Good news indeed, news that puts us in an upbeat mood as we travel to Hull for tonights important game. Carry on the good work Martin. You've brought us this far, now see the job through.
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21/04/2010 11:03:00

The article seems to have a sub plot, namely upsetting the applecart at VP. A little mischief making, which IS after all what the press is all about, certainly when aimed at the Villa. The Daily Mail anyway. A lot of conjecture in the article, but I for one want MON to stay and continue to take the club forward. Steve points out the rotation issue, which surely has to improve, we can't continue to run players into the ground. Dunn is clearly the best defender at the club but why play him when we can cope with him missing a game. The Fonz should've started the odd game to help rest Gabby up a bit, and it goes on... That really is the only criticism of MON that is truly baffling. As Fear says while there is and has been criticism of MON there has been a counter argument of note in his defence. The lack of rotation doesn't really have a counter. Continuity is one thing but the odd player or two in, while giving the youngsters a game here and there would be welcomed in PL games as well as cup games. If we were to stick to 3 players rotation per match max we'd have a decent mini-rotation system in place and surely we have the squad to cope with that. Net outcome would be fresher players and more players involved in matches.
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21/04/2010 13:57:00

Im happy to hear he is staying, its a relief for me. Im not his biggest fan but i think he can still go further
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21/04/2010 16:44:00

It certainly is good news that he seems to have added a little more value to his assessment of Villa in the last couple of weeks. I think another 20 million in spending this summer and, as you all said, a dispatching of the deadweight and a little squad rotation could very well do the trick
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21/04/2010 22:25:00

I'm glad to see this positive response to this article. I too hope MON stays for a few more years to see how far he can take us. Glad others, even some people who confess to not liking him, feel the same. I'm not going to say that we are going to finish 4th but just the very fact that it IS still possible with 3 games to go is great. This time last year it was clear we had no chance. Come on Utd & Arsenal Saturday!!!
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