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MON Lost The Dressing Room? + £ Forced Exit

MON Lost The Dressing Room? + £ Forced Exit

James Nursey has an article in The Mirror stating that Martin O'Neill resigned after losing the dressing room.

This is certainly the rumbles that those who know players and staff have been getting for a while so although the timing is no doubt awful, maybe the fact that things were going so stale makes this departure a crucial one?

I had thought MON was set for a fifth season and couldn't argue on the top six finish and two Wembley appearances that he had earnt the right to go into that season if he so chose. However there were major worries amidst the well educated and well sourced rumours circulating with players unhappy with the manager wanting out.

Never nice when a manager leaves and I know amongst some fans he was/is a very popular figure, so I feel gutted for them, however if the next appointment is right, we could see even more progress as the foundations are there for everyone to see but obviously there were also the frailties with the lack of subbing, tactics getting predictable, no squad rotation and players on the fringes being sidelined in more ways than one.

Nice thread in our forum (by a MON fan by the way) looking for the positives: Always look on the bright side (forum contains adult language)

Anyway, where were we?

Oh yes, the Mirror report. James says the dressing room was lost and many players were delighted and popping champagne corks at the managers departure. Trust me, a reporter wouldn't say this about MON if it wasn't true as they know he can be litigious! My information is even the peace keepers in the dressing room had given up.

Just last week O`Neill, who had a huge bust-up with Nigel Reo-Coker last term, told a group of Villa players at training that they looked like they "hated" him.

The questions will continue, but I think all can understand the frustration of players brought in on high wages and then sidelined or played out of position?

THE key now is who we bring in to replace MON who certainly helped greatly in the transition from David O'Leary and Doug Ellis.

Another Mirror report talks about the cutbacks. I have to admit, I'm not convinced by this 'sell to buy', it is being over played. I did an article not long back, having got the right information from the right people, saying that there is money there, but that - as we were all told at the time - there wasn't a bottomless pit of money and massive investment has taken place. (Villa A Selling Club? Figures Would Argue Against)

Henry Winter at TheTelegraph says what a waste.

The Charming Dictator in Paul Hayward's Guardian blog

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:J P Fear
Date:Tuesday August 10 2010
Time: 7:28AM


You're up early Fear.
villan of the north
10/08/2010 07:36:00
Manager and club have reached a natural end imho. Time to move on and quickly. Thanks MON for starting something special and now step up the next messiah!
holte ender 1969
10/08/2010 07:37:00
Whether he lost the dressing room or not...I think this was always going to be O'Neills last season for us unless we got Champions league...In my opinion we were heading for a non-entity of a new signings, selling your best players, how can you expect to do better ? I like O'Neill, but as is usual for Villa we seem to be plucking defeat from the jaws of victory ! I'd like to see Bradley the USA coach at Villa....but if it's Southgate...look forward to relegation...and if it really does end up being him...thats it for me....I dont care if he wins the FA cup. Champions league, Mars, Jupiter or Saturn cup..that will be my 46 years of supporting Villa over !
10/08/2010 07:53:00
6am, got London and wanted to get some work done before meetings! Think you are right holte ender, MON can be thanked for his part in the re-building, now the work is on for the board to get the right manager to take this onward. Glass ceiling? Who knows, but a split dressing room won't get us anywhere.

SPoke with Brian Little once, he said after 4-5 years no matter who you are (Fergie / Wenger exceptions) you often get stale, have said all you can say, have done all the training etc and it is time to move on. So good bit of insight I guess!?
The Fear
10/08/2010 07:53:00
Don't understand how anyone can stop being a Villa fan and stop supporting the club (or any other club for that matter). Dissatisfied/downright angry with players, manager, chairman, yes. But stop supporting? I must have that bit of me missing. Can't stop supporting my team. Seriously Villa til I die. How else can you live??
10/08/2010 08:03:00
lee, up early to go for my interview for the managers job. Be afraid, be very afraid!

Agree 144, it is the club, not a manager/player/owner that you support, you can't surely turn your back on that fact? I support Aston Villa, some managers/players/owners I like, others I don't but I always LOVE Aston Villa!
The Fear
10/08/2010 08:40:00
MASON---- not keen on the arrival of Southgate and don't think it will happen, but you'll never be able to quit, 46 years of claret and blue ... it is like a disease, you'll never shake it dude!
The Fear
10/08/2010 08:41:00
your right witton lane it is villa til i die but in the current economic climate people dont have to put up with rubbish. we are in severe danger of going backwards that cant happen again.
fairwater villain
10/08/2010 09:43:00
reminds me of the time that my mother said "right that's it, you do your own cooking from now on"! All of a sudden the world stopped on its axis and I had to step up. Afterall I was a big 7, lol. Well Randy has to step up now and show us the ambition of the club with the right aquisition. Easier said than done but then money does talk. I for one would love to have Moyes but unsure of Bradley. UTV.
holte ender 1969
10/08/2010 10:52:00
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