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Martin O'Neill Resigns

The club have announced that Martin O'Neill has resigned from his position of manager of Aston Villa with immediate effect.

The statement on the Official Site states that Kevin MacDonald, our second string manager, will assume the role of caretaker manager and will be preparing the lads for the season opener against Wet Spam.

Paul Faulkner added:

'The club would like to thank Martin for the great work he has done at Aston Villa over the past four years. He has helped to establish the club in the upper echelons of the Premier League, has taken us to Wembley and we have also qualified for European competition for the past three seasons under his management. We wish him the best in the future.'

Martin parted by saying:

'I have enjoyed my time at Aston Villa immensely. It's obviously a wrench to be leaving such a magnificent club. I would like to pay tribute to the Villa players, my coaching staff and the Villa supporters for all the support and encouragement they have given both the club and me personally during my time as manager. I wish them all the best for the future. I will obviously be assisting the club in the immediate short-term with regard to the handover of my duties.'

No further comment will be made by either Aston Villa or Martin O'Neill until further notice.

Well wasn't expecting that today!

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Writer: Mike Field Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday August 9 2010

Time: 4:23PM

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Aston Villa can confirm that Martin O’Neill has resigned as manager of the football club with immediate effect. Kevin MacDonald, reserve team manager, has assumed the role of caretaker manager and will prepare the team for the opening Barclays Premier League game of the season against West Ham on Saturday at Villa Park. Paul Faulkner, chief executive of Aston Villa, said: “The club would like to thank Martin for the great work he has done at Aston Villa over the past four years. He has helped to establish the club in the upper echelons of the Premier League, has taken us to Wembley and we have also qualified for European competition for the past three seasons under his management. We wish him the best in the future.” Martin O’Neill said: “I have enjoyed my time at Aston Villa immensely. It’s obviously a wrench to be leaving such a magnificent club. I would like to pay tribute to the Villa players, my coaching staff and the Villa supporters for all the support and encouragement they have given both the club and me personally during my time as manager. I wish them all the best for the future. I will obviously be assisting the club in the immediate short-term with regard to the handover of my duties.” No further comment will be made by either Aston Villa or Martin O’Neill until further notice.
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09/08/2010 16:27:00

Timing could have been better. I am utterly stunned by this...let's hope the new manager is someone to get everyone excited
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09/08/2010 16:29:00

Cant help thinking does this mean ashley young is going to be sold? :( Whatever happens we will keep going!!
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09/08/2010 16:29:00

Jesus! Didn't see that coming, well we'll see if MON was holding Villa back now won't we!??
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09/08/2010 16:29:00

The next manager defines Lerners ambition. It will smoke him out and show us his true colours / ambitions.
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09/08/2010 16:33:00

uummmmmmm.......say what now?!
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09/08/2010 16:34:00

His timing is appalling! 4 days before the start of the Prem! I feel for you guys
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09/08/2010 16:36:00

well done everyone who shouted him out. Especially Albarnista. You have helped our club lose the best manager its ever had and have helped bring on a brand new dark ages for our club. MON you will never be replaced!
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09/08/2010 16:43:00

I am absolutely shocked by this. I wish you all the luck in the world this season as it looks like things are going against you at the moment. timing of this is aweful! there has to be more to this than meets the eyes. with milner on his way and young possibly going maybe o'niell just had enough. if it was for personal reasons you would have thought he would have quit when the liverpool job was available. you deserve answers. good luck guys
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09/08/2010 16:47:00

As if things weren't bad enough, look at this bunch of no-hopers:
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09/08/2010 16:49:00

I'm with Stig, this will be a defining moment for Randy Lerner and inevitably for us. We'll now see if he really is as ambition as we're made to believe. This could answer a lot of the questions we had regarding some of MON's decisions.
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09/08/2010 16:49:00

Could this be MoN sacrificing his job to expose the flaws of the "perfect" chairman? its almost biblical.
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09/08/2010 16:58:00

but PLEASE!! NOT Southgate!!!!!
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09/08/2010 16:59:00

Check Sky sports Young to sign for spurs within next 24 hours :)
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09/08/2010 17:00:00

Curbishly is sky bets fav...god no!
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09/08/2010 17:02:00

Guarantee, Like a spurs fan said ^^, Breaking news tonight or tommorow will be that 'Ashley Young is heading to spurs'. Can only see this being the case of his resignation as he would of dont it a while ago wouldnt he?
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09/08/2010 17:06:00

I feel for you guys. As a spurs fan I hope you'll still be up there and challange for the top4. Prefer Villa rather than City and Pool.
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09/08/2010 17:12:00

Milner's is theirs now.
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09/08/2010 17:19:00

Introducing the new manager of Aston Villa....... Gareth Southgate. What this space. O'Neill, I am gutted, you have left us in a real bit of trouble and you should have had the good grace to leave in May rather than stitch us up like this.
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09/08/2010 17:23:00

Villan444 Didnt live up to expectations, really, oh dear villa fans will realize what they have lost when the new manager does not achieve what he has !
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09/08/2010 17:27:00

Jol, Billic and klinsman would be my favourites but i presume either we cant get them or they want to much money. I havn't a clue where we go from here but o'neil is definately replacable, lets hope we get someone more fasionable as o'neil had his tactics and gameplan all wrong. It was cross cross cross and if that fails hoof hoof hoof, we need gifted players and a gifted manager now to progress.
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09/08/2010 17:27:00

Interesting Stig, lets get Jol keep Milner and Ash and MJ can bring Suarez along with him! UTV!
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09/08/2010 17:28:00

i am ******** gutted At least we cant have sparky -
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09/08/2010 17:33:00

sad day not just for villa but the epl ,great manager & pl is better with him in it ,get jols has unfinished business in England & you might get a better manager than the one when he left us ,he was still learning & made some mistakes in his last season with us ,but has the tools to do a great job ,just hopefully not better than what we do ,great bloke & great manager in the making
big cockeral
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09/08/2010 17:36:00

Feel sorry for you guys but I don't think this was unexpected. The timing is terrible, just hope you get a good manager. They seem to be in short supply at the moment.
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09/08/2010 17:36:00

Shocked like everyone else but if the assumptions turn out to be true then our best bet is to give the job to Kevin MacDonald for the season at least.
pongo wearing
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09/08/2010 17:38:00

The timing could have been better, but its the best news i've heard all year. Now lets not hang about, and go and get Martin Jol or Slavan Bilic or even Felix Magott from schalke 04. Managers who are not scared to let the youngsters have a go and who have at least got a clue about TACTICS. Because lets face it, as Albernista pointed out we were heading for another uninspiring season anyway. UP THE VILLA.
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09/08/2010 17:38:00

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09/08/2010 17:41:00

i want the whole of youth staff to handle the first team. let the cowans lead this club!
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09/08/2010 17:43:00

Ah well. Aint the first aint the last.
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09/08/2010 17:48:00

Sh*t! Didn't expect to wake up to this today. I don't think Ashley Young will be sold, and I don't think any movements will be made, except for maybe Milner, until a new manager is in place. Let's hope Randy moves swiftly so it gives the new manager as much time as possible for transfer targets (if we can afford it). I'm rooting for Kilingman.
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09/08/2010 17:50:00

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09/08/2010 18:19:00

Good bye to the quitter MON, time to move on, there are good managers in the lower leagues, many of whom would jump at a move to Villa. I wonder if MON has resigned to take another managers job?
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09/08/2010 18:22:00

JF - what the inside story on this? They can't keep the lid on this one can they? Randy went home a few days ago, he can't have expected this? Is there something else that we don't know? The timing is so bizarre, someone has broken a gentlemans agreement or promise. Perhaps we should be more worried about our chairman than...
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09/08/2010 18:25:00

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09/08/2010 18:27:00

Don't be suprised if a Yank walks in as the new Villa 'soccer boss', and I've just bought 5 season tickets.
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09/08/2010 19:04:00

Roberto Martinez anyone?
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09/08/2010 19:21:00

No way!!!! Sod the rumours, it's all done now, if Randy sells VILLA there'll be billionaires biting his hand off!
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09/08/2010 19:30:00

If he has left over lack of money then to hell with him.We knew the plan was to try for top 4 without bankrupting the club.The club lost a fortune last year,if he wanted to be spending 30 mil a season he needed to achieve better than 6th place every year.Id rather years of mid table mediocrity than administration.I got the feeling last season he felt he was too good for us.Maybe he is,I'll be watching his next step with intrest.
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09/08/2010 20:04:00

OH BY DOUG CAME BACK. I mean his second term (82-06) just incase someone miss reads it.
Tallaght Villan
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09/08/2010 20:23:00

Now with a change of manager Lerner's cash saving plan will be doublely bad. Any new manager is gonna want to cycle the players and that costs. To stay where we are, get a new management team in, cycle the players will cost £20m just to stay where we are. If we are not going to pump more money it we are going backwards. WELL DONE RANDY you Rodney
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09/08/2010 20:40:00

In my opinion its definitely Faulkners influence, Randy leaves it all to him and he being 'the golden/devil child' starts flexing his muscles and questioning MON's decisions, even touting Young to spurs. Who is this bloke anyway? In my mind he has too much influence. If the club generates £35-40m in sales of Milner and Young and hands the reigns over to Hiddink, then we'll be fine. I'd even back Kevin and Sid as a duo, finally giving the exciting youth we have a real chance. Allbrighton and Clark can handle it. Bannon and Lowry possibly so. Weimann has bags of potential, and finally we can retire its not all bad. But no one should underestimate what a sad day this is. MON has left Villa in a MUCH better position, obviously with Randy's cash, he has brought a young exciting and mainly British group of players in, and I thank him immensly for that.....the ship has been well and truely steadied, and I think this club has achieved all it could given the circumstances of the last 4 years. Yes, Champions league qualification could have happened, and we could have won the league cup, but thats life. We started beating the 'top four' on a regular basis, and that hadnt happened in a LONG time. He will prove again what a great manager he is, and we will look forward to feverish speculation on possible replacements. Joke of the day...Jol 5/2....he's firmly rooted to Ajax...Im off to betfair! ........VIVA MON.......and thanks for the memories (and just for the record my favourite one is the carling cup semi at VP....10 goals.....a special, special evening I will never forget)
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09/08/2010 20:48:00

RIP Martin O'Neill, I'm shocked..
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09/08/2010 20:55:00

Randy Lerner has some explaining to do, maybe not the dream ticket after all? On MON i think him leaving will, in the long run be a good thing for you. The next manager will probably bring on some of your promising youngsters more like Delfounseso & Albrighton, and inject some much needed flair into a solid but VERY 1 dimensional side, someone other than Shaun Maloney, McGeady or any other ex Celtic player
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09/08/2010 21:26:00

Deary me! By the time I'd typed my thoughtful riposte to Hammer13 he had been deleted. Good work. Let's hope our board work as fast and get Hiddink/Klinsmann/Roy Keane in.
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09/08/2010 22:27:00

Have to have some standards Koolbill.
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09/08/2010 22:33:00

Indeed Mike, indeed.
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09/08/2010 22:45:00

Well, albarnista and co must be creaming themselves. I am gutted, but not totally shocked. Where to now? Looking at the candidates I am far from optimistic. Jol, anyone?
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09/08/2010 22:58:00

Wow are the only words that sum this up. Can you blame him though? The guy wants to move up on the league and challenge for the next big thing and is only being hindered by your very greedy owner.
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09/08/2010 23:54:00

@TheFamousNo7, very greedy owner? MON has spent over 120million in the 4 years he's been at Villa, most of it was wasted on players he didn't play or later sold on, and from selling the players on he returned 39million, that's a huge loss. He's had the money, he didn't use it effectively. Don't get the wrong impression from my reply, I am gutted about MON leaving, and the nature in which he's done so, it'll be hard for us to find a replacement better than him right now. But calling our owner 'Greedy' doesn't seem fair. I will admit that if he was telling MON that he had to sell to buy, then it might of been a little frustrating for O'Neill if he wasn't then being allowed the money from the sales. But if he was going to blow it on he likes of Mcgeady then I don't blame Randy for saying no, MON needed to offload some of the high earners that he wasn't playing before Randy would trust him with more money, and he didn't do that. Plus last summer he went well over his budget so he wasn't in Randys good books as it was.
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10/08/2010 00:18:00

No1 can say MON stitched us up..... I know he wasn't perfect and sometimes wasted money but so has all managers including fergie and mouriho... But he didn't stitch us up for Christ sake he could have had the Liverpool job 3 months ago if he wanted... and at least he had the good grace not to kick Capello when he was down like arry and others....
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10/08/2010 00:45:00

He was a good manager.
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10/08/2010 03:48:00

I think this does put us in an interesting position, you'd be hard pressed to find a Villan who wasn't frustrated by MON's tactics on the field come gameday. As was posted above, i'd prefer midtable mediocrity than administration... Show us what you've got Kevin MacDonald! Always chin up boys and ALWAYS UP THE VILLANS
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10/08/2010 04:00:00

Ok, upon reflection and having come home from a busy day at work I have now calmed down..................a little!! Would love to know who will replace Monny, but fear it will be a while yet and if we do have to wait for the right man then so be it. Hopefully we can keep what squad we have until then.
holte ender 1969
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10/08/2010 06:16:00

astonsteve? Browns have just got their number one draft pick, top player for them. Remember they don't do transfers like we do over here!
The Fear
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10/08/2010 07:50:00

Mr Fear - are Jaytee's assertions correct? Is the Villa payroll really £11M more than Spurs & £21M more than Evertons? If so, I think that's an extremely important factor in this, if it's true I'm not sure I would be too keen to hand MON more cash without significantly reducing the payroll. If it's true I'm not sure I'd be very impressed with the relative results of MON and I just might put my foot down when it came to more spending, if that causes MON to throw a wobbly and leave...
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