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All The Martin O'Neill Signings + Villa Net Spend

All The Martin O'Neill Signings + Villa Net Spend

Thought we'd do a quick reminder of the ins and outs since Martin O'Neill's arrival + forum thread link as below and net spend details.

FIRST SEASON 2006/2007 :


Kevin Phillips WBA £700k
Matthieu Berson Levante £1m
Ulises De La Cruz Reading Free
Peter Whittingham Cardiff City £250k
Eric Djemba Djemba Quatar Free
Juan Pablo Angel New York Red Bulls Free
Milan Baros Lyon Swap
Mark Delaney Retired


Stiliyan Petrov Celtic £6.5m
Didier Agathe Celtic Free
Chris Sutton Celtic Free
Phil Bardsley Manchester United Loan
Gabor Kiraly Crystal Palace Loan
John Carew Lyon Swap
Ashley Young Watford £9.65m
Shaun Maloney Celtic £1.1m

SECOND SEASON 2007/2008:


Gary Cahill Bolton Undisc (in region of £4m?)
Liam Ridgewell Birmingham £2m
Jlloyd Samuel Bolton Free
Lee Hendrie Sheffield United Free
Chris Sutton Retired
Didier Agathe released
Steven Davis Fulham £4m
Aaron Hughes Fulham £1m
Gavin McCann Bolton £1m
Robert Olejnik Falkirk Free


Wayne Routledge Tottenham £1.5m
Moustapha Salifou FC Wil Undisc.
Curtis Davies West Brom Loan
Zat Knight Fulham £3.5m
Scott Carson Liverpool Loan
Harry Forrester Watford £250 000 initial fee rising on appearances
Eric Lichaj Unattached Free
Marlon Harewood West Ham Undisc (region of £3.5m?)
Nigel Reo-Coker West Ham £8.5m

THIRD SEASON 2008/2009


Luke Moore (West Brom - £3.5million)
Olof Mellberg (Juventus - free)
Patrick Berger (Sparta Prague - free)
Thomas Sorensen (released)
Shaun Maloney (Celtic, £1million)
Wayne Routledge (undisclosed)


Curtis Davies (WBA undisclosed but around £7.5million?)
Steve Sidwell (Chelsea £5.5million)
Brad Friedel (Blackburn, undisclosed but in the region of £2 - £2.5million)
Brad Guzan (Chivas US, undisclosed, starts at around £800k up to £2m on appearances etc?)
Nicky Shorey (Reading, around £4m?)
Luke Young (Middlesbrough, around £5m?)
Carlos Cuellar (Rangers £7.8million)
James Milner (Newcastle, around £12million?)
Arsenio Halfhuid from Excelsior (undisclosed)
Emile Heskey from Wigan Athletic (£3.5m)



Gareth Barry (Manchester City, £12million)
Stuart Taylor (Manchester City, free)
Zat Knight (Bolton £4 - £4.5million)
Martin Laursen (retired)
Craig Garnder (Blues in January, £3.5million)


Stewart Downing (Middlesbrough around £10m + add ons)
Fabian Delph (Leeds United - undisclosed fee - around £6m including add ons?)
Habib Beye (Newcastle, undisclosed but around £3m?)
Andy Marshall (free agent)
Stephen Warnock (Blackburn Rovers - around £6m + add ons?)
James Collins (West Ham United - around £5m)
Richard Dunne (Manchester City - around £6m)

*Loan fees not included. Figures rounded up or down. Only a rough guideline!*

FIFTH SEASON 2010/2011


Andy Marshall (released)


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Writer:J P Fear
Date:Wednesday June 9 2010
Time: 5:38PM


Spend money to make money springs to mind (as long as its spent wisely!) Sunderland are in way worse shape than us and have only spend 7m less.
09/06/2010 20:12:00
It should be pointed out that the 04-09 figures include the last two years of Ellis' tenure, when we spent very little. O'Neill has had it better than even these figures suggest.
09/06/2010 22:40:00
BobTheBuilder, I don't think anyone would argue that O'Neill inherited a pretty mediocre squad. However, the squad wasn't as bad as many like to think it was. Laursen, Mellberg, Bouma and Barry are four players who would certainly be good enough for our side as it stands. Angel would arguably merit a place in our side too, and Steven Davis was very highly rated too. Add to that some very decent young players (Gabby and Cahill in particular), and you can see that there was already the makings of a decent side. That we are the fifth highest net spenders in Premier League history would also suggest that there perhaps wasn't quite as much catching up to do as might at first be thought - even allowing for poor management at Villa and better management at other clubs.
09/06/2010 22:47:00
that O'Neill didn't inherit a mediocre squad*
09/06/2010 23:08:00
Albarnista so why did this suddenly brilliant squad we had before MON only finish in 16th??
10/06/2010 08:27:00
people always mention DOL's 16th place but not 6th with a worse team. Didn't like DOL but he was at Villa during a very unstable period and the team were decimated with a) lack of budget b) a lot of injuries. All in the past now though obviously, just think that people forget it was a good achievement him getting us to 6th despite being a ******** (you can insert your own word!)
The Fear
10/06/2010 09:35:00
When saying that clubs started from a much higher base, this is very misleading. In the first year of the Premier League (when these figures start from) we finished 2nd. Other than pipping Manure for that title, we couldn't have started at a much higher base.
10/06/2010 10:15:00
their is no 2 ways about it that within the purchases their is alot of waste. harewood, routledge, salifou, sidwell, cueller etc the aforementioned players aint really going to recoup much. i think from now on we should be buying 1 or 2 players of quality, who can also recoup in the longer term (milner and young). but as some1 said before this really does show that arsene wenger is the daddy, with marting oneil being his spoilt child lol.
10/06/2010 13:16:00
If we look at the history of the prem league spending, it is worth noting the amount of waste we had in the 90's and noughties. Sasa Curcic (5m), Alpay (5.6m), Stan Collymore (7m) Bosko Balaban (5.6m), Moustapha hadji (4.5m), Harewood (4m) are just some players that we signed, got little out of as players and then let go for negligible amounts of money. Also, players like Merson (6m), Dublin (5.5m), laursen (3m), Bouma (3.5m), Fashanu (1.5m) that we signed for big money but retired (or left for injury related reasons) Generally, we have has at times had a poor purchasing policy and had a fair amount of bad luck which has cost caused us to lose a large amount of value on players bought.
10/06/2010 14:27:00
keithlees. For any of those players that you mentioned . . . . read Robbie Keane. We now have a squad of experience and youth. The foundations have been laid. It is now up to M'ON to see if he can find, young , hungry players with quality to move us forward. As Wenger has proved, it doesn't have to be a big name. The skill is in spotting the potential, not just outbidding other clubs for the players that everybody wants.
10/06/2010 16:37:00
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