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Martin O'Neill To Stay At Villa

Nothing on the official site but sites like the BBC, Sky and paper sites are reporting that Randy Lerner has announced that Villa boss Martin O'Neill will be staying for a 5th season.

We'll update and bring quotes if and when they are available.

For the negi's 'doh'
For the opti's 'all hail'

Now lets get stuck into the transfer gossip to get us through the summer!




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The Journalist

Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday May 12 2010

Time: 2:05PM

Your Comments

Good news! Think there'll be a bit of wheeling and dealing over the summer from the looks of it.
RoyalVilla
The news also states that Lerner says Milner to stay.... thats priceless news
Eddy1
: ) And the mighty Villa go marching on.
steff_the_villan
Fear u seem very downbeat about the Villa lately!!
astonsteve
Benayoun linked...yes please! Also big links out for Carvalho, Deco, Ferreria and Belletti on the way out - why not do what Sunderland did a while back with Spurs - a mass bid for the 3 Portugese ones!! They would improve the squad no end!!
deano.avfc
Well I'm in the 'All Hail' camp, so its two thumbs up from me. Now lets get down to the serious business of over-hauling the squad, and putting ourselves in the position of being able to challenge for all on offer again next season. The club has made great strides over the past three seasons, but the hard work is now ahead of us. Only a united front will see us achieve any goals we may set ourselves, so its good to read that the owner and manager appear to be both singing from the same hymn sheet. I was very concerned there for a while.
glensider
I aint happy about it, unless the stubborn ***** changes, but i cant see him changing... because he is stubborn.
krisvilla
Very good news IMO. Yes, I agree with krisvilla that MON needs to be less stubborn, but I think the good points greatly outweigh the negative ones. I can't see us having mega money to spend, but that is understandable in the current climate. What we have (and I think it will be a decent amount) must be spent wisely. Hopefully the negative press on MON future will stop now, and concentrate on how to improve the squad
krfeskivilla
All hail!!
astonguerrilla
MON is surely the perfect manager to get the best out of a group of players. We know we don't have unlimited funds so we have to get the best out of the players we have and MON is the one to do that. I agree he's signed some dodgy players, but we needed to get the squad numbers up. He also doesn't like changing his starting 11, but part of that is a lack of top class backups and part is that we've (touch wood) been very lucky with injuries so he hasn't needed to. We still need a few key back up players (a poacher, a gem of a midfielder, defensive depth) but we're moulding a team that has been in Europe for three years now, had a cup semi, a cup final, and finished above a Liverpool team containing Gerrard and Torres! Villa is a long term project and I'm chuffed with how far we've come since dreary O'Leary days. UTV!!!
claret&blue82
Good...hopefully the "O'Neill out" protesters will calm down a bit now. Let's face facts, there is no one better who will join, every season has been an improvement on the last (although not as fast as some people would like, which is understandable) and I truly believe he will look at the team and say 'this is what we need'. To all the haters, bear in mind we lost a top, top defender in the Summer to injury (Laursen) and our best player of the past few seasons in Barry. Tough players to replace, especially Barry. A striker is a must but a creative midfielder who isn't afraid to get into the box is much needed as well. Up the Villa
Francobaresi13
Good, I just hope now he will have the resources and judgement to bring in a good quality playmaker. I think thats all we are missing someone to play in the hole, link up play and unlock a defence, so opposition could no longer just stand off us.
Tallaght Villan
Good news indeed. We can all sleep soundly in our beds at night again, safe in the knowledge that Martin will still be in control of business when we awake in the morning. Any other outcome would have been ridiculous, outrageous even. Since Martin took the helm we have improved beyond recognition, season upon season, and no one is better equipped to see the job through than St Martin. Roll on August says I.
glensider
Despite my *****ing and moaning, I think he's done a decent job, and it more and more appears that he wanted a forward but couldn't. This news today came as relief.
evoflash
News I fully expected, MON will be at Villa until he retires at the age of 60. All this fuss about MON has just been paper talk. Now MON go to Sunderrland and buy Bent, please...
Rightsofway
In this age of instant feedback and message boards stories will always spread like wildfire and a bad result can lead to internet specualtion playing havoc. Next thing that happens is that thousands of people who don't go to games start to look like they are dictating what is going on. In truth, a majority of Villa fans have enjoyed the season. There are frustrations in player choice, tactics etc. But in truth we are moving forward, but really have to look at improving our home form. Not just the results but the way that we play. Continuity is a good thing. I am pleased we are staying with the same man.
voiceoftheholte
Great news. Is it possible to get one wish granted? Could all the anti MON fans "F" off for 12 months and leave us to enjoy the Club we love? If we fail next year, then come May the 12th you can Crow all you like, but in the meantime, leave it alone, will you, it's getting boring.
HeathfieldRoad1874
This is a good piece of news. Not least that it has been confirmed so soon after the end of the season. We can now focus on preparing for 10/11 and MON will be clear in his mind that his energies nmust be all about strengthening Villa. Be better still if he acknowledged some of the legitimate concerns about inflexible team choice.
JimmyG
 

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