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General Krulak - MON WASN'T Pushed Out


General Krulak on the departure of Martin O'Neill.

It is pretty hard to address all the comments and questions that have come my way today.

Let me try to lay out what has happened as best I know.

First off, Martin's decision to leave was just that...Martin's decision..

I am very much aware that he quit 5 days before the beginning of the season.

He was not pushed out.

Rumors that there was a row between Randy and Martin over the sale of players (Young and Friedel) are just that...Rumors.

There is absolutely NO truth to the rumors!!

Neither player is up for sale and Randy and Martin never discussed such a sale. Martin's decision was a surprise to the Club. Randy had spoken to Martin last week and on the weekend. Randy then flew back to the US. This morning Randy learned that Martin has quit...and Randy is now flying back to the UK.

Martin was fully involved in the Milner transaction from the very beginning....he took part in all the discussions.

It is a good move if looked at in its totality. We have not suddenly become a 'selling club.' We have a player who wants to move and we have a solid offer that makes good sense to the Villa. That does not make us a selling club.

There is no question that if ANY Club has players on the payroll that do not play on the Pitch...it is prudent to sell them if possible.

As I know I have mentioned many times, a Premiership Club must balance wages vs. revenue...cutting wages always involves the sale of some players...and every Club does it.

We are NOT selling Young or Friedel. I have also written many times that we are trying to run the Club in a sensible and sustainable manner BUT, at the same time, the amount of money we have spent over the past 4 years should tell everyone that we marry this approach with aggressive ambition!!

Some of the comments and some of the rumors have been truly amazing. Randy is not broke! Randy is not selling the Villa! Randy has not lost interest!

I have even seen comments about Randy's divorce and its impact...pure nonsense. Like all of you, I am not privy to what went through Martin's mind when he made his decision to leave 5 days before the season kicks off. I am sure he will have his own views. My only hope is that the media will allow all the facts to emerge vice playing one side against the other.

What I do know is that Randy cares deeply for the Villa and I have posted thousands of comments on the web sites because I don't care. I care deeply. We will all get through this together...we will get the right man and we will continue to move forward. I recognize I didn't answer all the specific questions asked but I thought it might be best to post what I know right now.....I will provide more info as I get it.




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Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday August 10 2010

Time: 6:45AM

Your Comments

agreed, next manager is THE key
The Fear
I do not understand it. I am sorry to say this, but something strange is behind this story. Will it be revealed in the future? I do not think so. Btw. I am sad that MON has resigned.
Majkee
i am glad to read this....i think.... the reality of MON going has left me feeling optimistic and that is not a reflection on him, but on our clubs ability to move forward.....
leftfoot
I don't buy that there isn't a lot more to this than Villa are letting on. Its clear something has happened behind the scenes and wether that is to do with Young or Friedel remains to be seen. MON wouldn't just randomly, for no apparent reason walk out 5 days before the season kicks off. The fact that neither Villa or MON have given an explaination for his departure suggest that its something that they do not want made public at this time.
MJBSpur
he has walked before he nearly went at the end of the season, shame he didnt follow his gut as this is turmoil now, However the very thought anyone would believe it is about a 40 year old keeper is just mad, Look at our spending, he has been backed and backed well (see other article) No players were being forced out, although I am told some wanted out as they didn't like the manager
The Fear
Is it not true that MoN has never been sacked from a mangerial position, but has either resigned or walked away from every post he's held? Given his dissapointment at the end of last season, I'd say his departure was no surprise, although the timing was bizarre to say the least.
fifthcolumnblue
if we dont get a manager in we cant really buy any players so for me it needs to be done quickly or we face a season of real struggle and then everthing that MON has built will be gone get martin jol in quick i say!!!!!!!!! we need signings
clarkamus
Does anyone reckon that there is a bigger picture here? and that we have got funds to spend but lerner was just trying to push o'neil out the door to get someone else? I dont think so but i have heard people saying that.
P.Avfc
I think the comment from Krulak that was most relevant is

There is no question that if ANY Club has players on the payroll that do not play on the Pitch...it is prudent to sell them if possible.
I can interpret that as anyone who Mon bought and did not play was up for sale - for gods sake we constantly had 2 right backs on the bench and non on the pitch.
RiF
 

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