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Martin O'Neill Resigns

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
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.
leelindsay
09/08/2010 16:27:00
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Timing could have been better. I am utterly stunned by this...let's hope the new manager is someone to get everyone excited
Nimmo
09/08/2010 16:29:00
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Cant help thinking does this mean ashley young is going to be sold? :( Whatever happens we will keep going!!
P.Avfc
09/08/2010 16:29:00
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Jesus! Didn't see that coming, well we'll see if MON was holding Villa back now won't we!??
26.05.82
09/08/2010 16:29:00
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The next manager defines Lerners ambition. It will smoke him out and show us his true colours / ambitions.
Stig
09/08/2010 16:33:00
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uummmmmmm.......say what now?!
astonguerrilla
09/08/2010 16:34:00
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His timing is appalling! 4 days before the start of the Prem! I feel for you guys
Spurstrings
09/08/2010 16:36:00
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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!
simonbigron
09/08/2010 16:43:00
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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
cb25Yid
09/08/2010 16:47:00
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As if things weren't bad enough, look at this bunch of no-hopers: http://sports.williamhill.com/bet/en-gb/betting/e/1018766/Next-Aston-Villa-Manager.html
SchoolBoyError
09/08/2010 16:49:00
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