Martin O'Neill Impervious To The Criticism
I'm slightly behind the loop following my holiday but I'm catching up I think! These quotes from Martin O'Neill were from yesterday but worthy of a quick mention on the front page I think.
The Villa boss told The Express & Star that he is impervious to the criticism on transfers!
He told the press: 'Really, I am not remotely interested. Honestly, I couldn`t care less whether I get unfairly criticised. I really could not care less. If you are tagged with that [being slow in the transfer window], then too bad. What I will say is the business we did in the last few days of August really made our season.' He went on to say the impact that Stephen Warnock, James Collins and Richard Dunne made was massive. Which is a fair comment!
'It was so, so important to get those three players in, so personally, if I had to wait until the last couple of days because of circumstances then I would. This idea that you think because you fancy a player a minute later you have him in, sorry, I think that has been proved wrong up and down the country for the last two decades, never mind anything else.'
Then he says another couple of times just in case anyone wasn't sure...! 'I`m not worried, genuinely I couldn`t care less and if that`s the reputation I have I`m not remotely concerned about it.'
Me thinks he protests too much..! No, to be fair, as a manager, I am sure you have to insulate yourself from the moaning, it is HIS job, his decisions and his decisions alone, he'll then stand or fall by them.
Have to say that ... again ... I am not sure we have missed out on anyone yet have we? Other clubs and fans are also going stir crazy, that is the nature of the transfer window isn't it?
BBC site on all the transfers to date: Click Here
MON also says he has never liked the transfer window saying it puts 'incredible pressure' on the clubs to get things done quickly and also calls for an extension to the January transfer window.